Barry Zito Thanks Fans In San Francisco Chronicle

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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Barry Zito

In 2007 the San Francisco Giants made a splash in the free agent market signing lefty pitcher Barry Zito to a 7 year, 119 million dollar deal. Zito was very inconsistent during his Giants tenure unable to consistently capture the mound magic he experienced across the bay in Oakland.

When all was said and done Zito won 63 games for the Giants during his 7 years, earning approximately 1.88 million per win while in San Francisco. The Giants hold an 18 million dollar option for 2014 which neither side figures will be picked up. Zito will also earn an additional 7 million when the Giants buy out his option year making the grand total 126 million when all is said and done.

With free agency all but pending Zito took to the San Francisco Chronicle to thank the Giants fans for their loyalty.



“Let’s Go Giants…”

“Lets Go Giants…”

“Let’s Go Giants…”

These words will live with me forever. From

the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you,

the dedicated fans of San Francisco for the

fire in your hearts for Giants baseball.

These last seven years were filled with ups

and downs both on the field and off. I lost

both my parents, found the love of my life in

Amber, gained wisdom, found a faith in God,

and rode the wave to not one but two World

Series Championships in two short years.

It has been a experience that has shaped the

lens that that I will see life through for the rest of

my time. I feel so very blessed to have been

part of it all.

Thank you San Francisco,

Barry Zito


A very classy move by the veteran as we sometimes forget that baseball players go through the same off-field life struggles as anybody else but yet are still expected to perform day in and day out.

Perhaps the Giants will welcome Zito back in 2014 albeit at a discounted price rather than the 18 million dollar option the team holds.




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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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