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An Open Letter To Barry Zito

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on September 2, 2013

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Dear Barry–

Well, we are almost at the end of this long and winding road. I truly never thought these 7 years would ever end. I’m not kidding. I believed that your contract had created some type of time/space continuum where time simply stops. You were never going to leave. And yet here we sit on the cusp of your exit……
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I’ve written thousands of words about you at my blog–skewering you, hating you, praising you, honoring you….Before writing this thread, I typed your last name into the search box at the Flap. I’ve written 28 threads with your last name in the title. I just went through them all and 5 of them were positive, 23 of them were negative. “You could look it up”. Just type *Zito* into the search box. And those are just the threads with your name in the actual headline. I’ve referenced you hundreds of times in other main threads and too many times to count in the comment section of the blog.
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Truth be told Barry, you’ve been one of the hottest topics EVER at my blog. And after your pitiful start today in San Diego, I can’t believe the Giants are going to give you anything other than mop-up duty for the rest of the season. And that’s fine, I really can’t watch any more. I was listening to the radio on the way home and Marty Lurie was trying to get a dialog going about how you would be remembered and what would fans say to you if they got the chance. I liked that idea so I decided to write you this letter. How will I remember you, Barry? I’ve thought about this all day, here goes…..
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The first thing I want to say to you is, “thank fucking GOD for August 7th 2012.” That was the day you pitched in St Louis and you guys won 4-2. You pitched well enough to get the win. Something else happened that day. I don’t know if your soul was abducted by the baseball Gods or maybe you made a deal with them or maybe your  mom Roberta had something to do with it. Whatever it was, the team won the last 11 games you pitched that season. And then the post season came and they won the 3 games you started.
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The 2013 season began and the team won your first two starts of this season. That’s 16 games in a row that the Giants won where you started the game. It could be easily argued than some of those team wins had something to do with run support and/or nothing that you did to contribute to the win. But regardless, you were part of a string of success that literally saved your legacy from being one of the biggest jokes in professional sports.
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Think about it. Those first 5 and a half seasons were rough, man. Jab a fork into YOUR eyes, rough. You popped up with some decent games now and again. You started off the first month and a half of 2010 with a 6-1 record only to have 98% (or more) of the fan base wanting you to disappear forever by the last week of that season. Thankfully, Bochy took care of that for us by leaving you off the playoff rosters. Overall, your first 5.5 years were an abomination. I hated you. I created the concept of *Zito’s Law* and mocked you with it every chance I got (which was almost every one of your starts). A fellow flapper, I can’t remember who, created “ABZ” >>> *Anybody But Zito*. You were a total joke, man.
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Then 2012 started and all signs pointed to you sucking worse than ever in that upcoming season. Your spring training was so bad they didn’t even take you to San Francisco, you were left behind to work on your mechanics and ditch whatever that crouching thing was you were doing that you learned in the off season from Tom House. I wrote at least 3 threads prior to the season starting that boldly claimed you were no longer a major league pitcher.
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And then something totally predictable happened: you went into Colorado for your first start and you threw a shut out. Yeah, that made a ton of sense….
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About half way through the year I noticed you had stopped trying to throw your shitty fastball so often and you replaced it with more cutters–nearly 20% more per start. It became a magical pitch for you and I truly believe it was part of the foundation of your success over those 16 amazing wins in a row. Of course this year you are throwing the cutter about the same amount as last year, only with different results. Vida Blue has said more than once, “his cutter just doesn’t have the bite it had last year.” Where did it go? No one knows…..
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I haven’t written much about you this year. I simply don’t have the venom for you that I had for the first 5.5 seasons. What you did against St Louis in Game 5 of the NLCS and against Verlander in Game 1 of the World Series forever neutered me from blasting you in print. Hell, I couldn’t even muster the words to skewer you when the random bar stool fool  would start cursing your name during one of your many pathetic road starts this year. Speaking of those, you couldn’t win even ONE this year? Dude, that was weak.
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If someone pinned me down and screamed “AS A GIANT’S FAN, WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER MOST ABOUT BARRY ZITO!!!!!????!!?” First, I would tell them to get their fucking hands off me and then I would let them know that they’re about to get choked for screaming in my face. But before I committed that aggravated assault felony,  I would say this to them…….
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“The bunt”. I could watch you lay that bunt down against the Cards in Game Five 1000 times and never get tired of it. It was perfect. And we don’t win that game without your epic pitching performance and your bunt that scored Blanco. And if we don’t win that game, we aren’t even playing in the World Series that year. So it’s quite easy for me to connect the dots and say without hesitation that we don’t win the 2012 World Series without you. And for that, I will forever honor you as one of the greatest Giants in my lifetime.
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But dude, it’s time for you to go. Away. Way far away. As far as a surf board can be safely paddled out into the ocean without you actually getting eaten alive by sharks. This might have been your worst season ever and that’s really saying something considering how bad you were for the first 5.5 seasons. But I’m not a bridge-burner. I wish you safe travels and good luck with whatever you decide to do with your life. When they have the reunion for the 2012 team at AT&T in 20 years or so I will cheer your name as loudly as any name called that day. Maybe the loudest. I’ll clap my hands together so hard they’ll be on the brink of shattering. I’ll never, ever, forget what you did for my team last year.
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Sincerely, one of your biggest fans,
Big Flavor
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