Barry Zito Thanks Fans In San Francisco Chronicle
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,
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.