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'''Barry William Zito''' (born [[May 13]], [[1978]] in {{city-state|Las Vegas|Nevada}}) is a [[left handed]] [[starting pitcher]] for the [[San Francisco Giants]] of [[Major League Baseball]]. He previously played seven seasons with the [[Oakland Athletics]] where he won the [[2002 Major League Baseball season|2002]] [[American League]] [[Cy Young Award]] and made three [[Major League Baseball All-Star Game|All-Star]] game rosters.<ref name=mlb-bio>{{cite web| url=http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player_career.jsp?player_id=217096 |title=Barry Zito Player File| work=MLB.com| accessdate=2007-09-15}}</ref> Zito never missed a scheduled start in his career until 2008, and led the [[American League]] in starts four times. After the [[2006 Major League Baseball season|2006 season]], Zito signed the most expensive contract in history for a pitcher at the time.<ref name=contract>{{cite web| url=http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2004/12/san-francisco-giants_30.html |title=San Francisco Giants|work= Cot's Baseball Contracts}}</ref> In Zito's first season with the Giants, he set a career high in [[earned run average]] and he recorded his lowest number of [[strikeouts]] and winning percentage in any full major league season in his career.
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'''Barry William Zito''' (born [[May 13]], [[1978]] in {{city-state|Las Vegas|Nevada}}) is a [[left handed]] [[starting pitcher]] for the [[San Francisco Giants]] of [[Major League Baseball]]. He previously played seven seasons with the [[Oakland Athletics]] where he won the [[2002 Major League Baseball season|2002]] [[American League]] [[Cy Young Award]] and made three [[Major League Baseball All-Star Game|All-Star]] game rosters.<ref name=mlb-bio>{{cite web| url=http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player_career.jsp?player_id=217096 |title=Barry Zito Player File| work=[[MLB.com]]| accessdate=2007-09-15}}</ref> Zito never missed a scheduled start in his career until 2008, and led the [[American League]] in starts four times. After the [[2006 Major League Baseball season|2006 season]], Zito signed the most expensive contract in history for a pitcher at the time.<ref name=contract>{{cite web| url=http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/2004/12/san-francisco-giants_30.html |title=San Francisco Giants|work= Cot's Baseball Contracts}}</ref> In Zito's first season with the Giants, he set a career high in [[earned run average]] and he recorded his lowest number of [[strikeouts]] and winning percentage in any full major league season in his career.
   
 
Zito played collegiately at [[UC Santa Barbara]], [[Los Angeles Pierce College]], and the [[University of Southern California]]. In the {{by|1999}} draft, he was drafted by the [[Oakland Athletics]] with the ninth pick of the first round.<ref name=cube/> Zito is known for his idiosyncrasies, and his offbeat personality. He created the charity ''Strikeouts for Troops'' which provides money to hospitals for soldiers wounded in military operations.
 
Zito played collegiately at [[UC Santa Barbara]], [[Los Angeles Pierce College]], and the [[University of Southern California]]. In the {{by|1999}} draft, he was drafted by the [[Oakland Athletics]] with the ninth pick of the first round.<ref name=cube/> Zito is known for his idiosyncrasies, and his offbeat personality. He created the charity ''Strikeouts for Troops'' which provides money to hospitals for soldiers wounded in military operations.
   
 
==High school and college==
 
==High school and college==
Zito transferred from San Diego's Grossmont High School to University of San Diego High School, a Catholic school where he earned all-league honors with an 8-4 record and 105 [[strikeout]]s in 85 [[inning]]s as a senior. He then attended [[University of California, Santa Barbara|UC Santa Barbara]] where he earned Freshman [[All-America]] Honors with 123 strikeouts in 85⅓ innings. Transferring to Los Angeles Pierce College, he posted a 2.62 [[Earned run average|ERA]] and went 9-2 with 135 strikeouts in 103 innings, and was named to the all-state and all-conference teams.
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Zito transferred from [[San Diego]]'s [[Grossmont High School]] to [[University of San Diego High School]], a Catholic school where he earned all-league honors with an 8-4 record and 105 [[strikeout]]s in 85 [[inning]]s as a senior. He then attended [[University of California, Santa Barbara|UC Santa Barbara]] where he earned Freshman [[All-America]] Honors with 123 strikeouts in 85⅓ innings. Transferring to Los Angeles Pierce College, he posted a 2.62 [[Earned run average|ERA]] and went 9-2 with 135 strikeouts in 103 innings, and was named to the all-state and all-conference teams.
   
He then transferred to [[University of Southern California|USC]], where he was a first-team [[All-America]] selection by USA Today Baseball Weekly, Collegiate Baseball, and Baseball America. With a 12-3 record, a 3.28 ERA, and 154 strikeouts in 113⅔ innings, Zito was named [[Pacific Ten Conference|Pac-10]] Pitcher of the Year.<ref name=jockbio>{{cite web| url=http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Zito/Zito_bio.html |title=Barry Zito Biography| work=JockBio.com}}</ref>
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He then transferred to [[University of Southern California|USC]], where he was a first-team [[All-America]] selection by [[USA Today]] [[Baseball Weekly]], Collegiate Baseball, and [[Baseball America]]. With a 12-3 record, a 3.28 ERA, and 154 strikeouts in 113⅔ innings, Zito was named [[Pacific Ten Conference|Pac-10]] Pitcher of the Year.<ref name=jockbio>{{cite web| url=http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Zito/Zito_bio.html |title=Barry Zito Biography| work=JockBio.com}}</ref>
   
 
While in college, Zito also played in the [[Cape Cod League]], a summer wooden bat league which showcases the nation's top amateur prospects. He led the [[Wareham Gatemen]] to the league championship in 1997, and a runner-up finish in 1998.<ref name=Cape_Cod_Baseball_Alumni>{{cite web |url=http://www.capecodbaseball.org/archives/Arc2004/Alumni/AlumniTeams/AlumniWareham.htm |title=CCBL Alumni Year Drafted|work=Cape Cod Baseball}}</ref><ref name=Cape_Cod_Baseball_Awards>{{cite web |url=http://www.capecodbaseball.org/archives/Records/awards_Champions.htm |title=CCBL Champions: Arnold Mycock Award|work=Cape Cod Baseball}}</ref>
 
While in college, Zito also played in the [[Cape Cod League]], a summer wooden bat league which showcases the nation's top amateur prospects. He led the [[Wareham Gatemen]] to the league championship in 1997, and a runner-up finish in 1998.<ref name=Cape_Cod_Baseball_Alumni>{{cite web |url=http://www.capecodbaseball.org/archives/Arc2004/Alumni/AlumniTeams/AlumniWareham.htm |title=CCBL Alumni Year Drafted|work=Cape Cod Baseball}}</ref><ref name=Cape_Cod_Baseball_Awards>{{cite web |url=http://www.capecodbaseball.org/archives/Records/awards_Champions.htm |title=CCBL Champions: Arnold Mycock Award|work=Cape Cod Baseball}}</ref>
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===Minor leagues===
 
===Minor leagues===
In [[1999 in baseball|1999]], Zito began his professional career in [[Visalia Rawhide|Visalia]], [[Oakland Athletics|Oakland]]'s Class-A team. He went 3-0 with a 2.45 [[Earned run average|ERA]] in 8 starts. He [[strikeout|struck out]] 62 in 40⅓ [[inning]]s. Zito was promoted to the [[Midland RockHounds]] and went 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA to finish the AA schedule. He then got one start for the [[AAA (baseball)|AAA]] [[Sacramento River Cats|Vancouver Canadians]], allowing a lone run with 6 strikeouts in 6 innings.
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In [[1999 in baseball|1999]], Zito began his professional career in Visalia, [[Oakland Athletics|Oakland]]'s Class-A team. He went 3-0 with a 2.45 [[Earned run average|ERA]] in 8 starts. He [[strikeout|struck out]] 62 in 40⅓ [[inning]]s. Zito was promoted to the [[Midland RockHounds]] and went 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA to finish the AA schedule. He then got one start for the [[AAA (baseball)|AAA]] [[Sacramento River Cats|Vancouver Canadians]], allowing a lone run with 6 strikeouts in 6 innings.
   
 
Zito began the [[2000 in baseball|2000 season]] with the [[Sacramento River Cats]] (formerly the Canadians). He pitched 101⅔ innings in 18 starts, going 8-5 with a 3.19 ERA, 91 strikeouts, and 41 [[Walk (baseball)|walks]].<ref name=jockbio/><ref name=cube/>
 
Zito began the [[2000 in baseball|2000 season]] with the [[Sacramento River Cats]] (formerly the Canadians). He pitched 101⅔ innings in 18 starts, going 8-5 with a 3.19 ERA, 91 strikeouts, and 41 [[Walk (baseball)|walks]].<ref name=jockbio/><ref name=cube/>
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In [[2001 Major League Baseball season|2001]], Zito finished third in the [[American League|league]] in strikeouts per nine innings (8.61), fourth in [[strikeout]]s (205), sixth in wins (17), eighth in [[Earned run average|ERA]] (3.49), and tenth in [[winning percentage]] (.680).<ref name=br-stats>{{cite web |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/z/zitoba01.shtml |title=Barry Zito Statistics| work=Baseball-Reference| accessdate=2007-10-01}}</ref> Zito became the sixth lefty aged 23 or younger since [[1902 in baseball|1902]] to strike out at least 200 batters in a season.
 
In [[2001 Major League Baseball season|2001]], Zito finished third in the [[American League|league]] in strikeouts per nine innings (8.61), fourth in [[strikeout]]s (205), sixth in wins (17), eighth in [[Earned run average|ERA]] (3.49), and tenth in [[winning percentage]] (.680).<ref name=br-stats>{{cite web |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/z/zitoba01.shtml |title=Barry Zito Statistics| work=Baseball-Reference| accessdate=2007-10-01}}</ref> Zito became the sixth lefty aged 23 or younger since [[1902 in baseball|1902]] to strike out at least 200 batters in a season.
   
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[[Image:Zito6SEA.jpg|thumb|left|Zito pitching for the [[Oakland Athletics|A's]]]]
 
In [[2002 Major League Baseball season|2002]], Zito won the AL [[Cy Young Award]] with a 23-5 record, narrowly defeating [[Pedro Martínez]] in the voting. He led the league with 23 wins, was second in winning percentage (.821), and third in both ERA (2.75) and strikeouts (182).<ref name=br-stats/> Martínez, who'd led the AL in ERA (2.26), strikeouts (239), and winning percentage (.833), became the first pitcher since the introduction of the award to lead his league in each of the three categories and not win the award.<ref name=br-stats-pedro>{{cite web |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/martipe02.shtml |title=Pedro Martinez Statistics| work=Baseball-Reference}}</ref>
 
In [[2002 Major League Baseball season|2002]], Zito won the AL [[Cy Young Award]] with a 23-5 record, narrowly defeating [[Pedro Martínez]] in the voting. He led the league with 23 wins, was second in winning percentage (.821), and third in both ERA (2.75) and strikeouts (182).<ref name=br-stats/> Martínez, who'd led the AL in ERA (2.26), strikeouts (239), and winning percentage (.833), became the first pitcher since the introduction of the award to lead his league in each of the three categories and not win the award.<ref name=br-stats-pedro>{{cite web |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/martipe02.shtml |title=Pedro Martinez Statistics| work=Baseball-Reference}}</ref>
   
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Zito made his first Major League relief appearance on [[August 5]] against the [[San Diego Padres]], due to an early exit by starter [[Noah Lowry]] and an overworked bullpen. Zito pitched a scoreless seventh inning.<ref name=8/05/07-recap>{{cite web| url=http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070805&content_id=2131647&vkey=news_sf&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf | title=Lowry hurt, Zito has relief outing in loss| last=Haft| first=Chris| work=MLB.com| date=[[2007-08-05]]| accessdate=2007-09-04}}</ref> He recorded his first career [[Run batted in|RBI]] two days later against the [[Washington Nationals]], in the same game that [[Barry Bonds]] hit his record-breaking 756th career home run.<ref name=8/07/07-recap>{{cite web |url=http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070807&content_id=2135836&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf |title=Bonds' 756th comes in loss to Nats| last=Haft| first=Chris| work=MLB.com| date=[[2007-08-08]]}}</ref>
 
Zito made his first Major League relief appearance on [[August 5]] against the [[San Diego Padres]], due to an early exit by starter [[Noah Lowry]] and an overworked bullpen. Zito pitched a scoreless seventh inning.<ref name=8/05/07-recap>{{cite web| url=http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070805&content_id=2131647&vkey=news_sf&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf | title=Lowry hurt, Zito has relief outing in loss| last=Haft| first=Chris| work=MLB.com| date=[[2007-08-05]]| accessdate=2007-09-04}}</ref> He recorded his first career [[Run batted in|RBI]] two days later against the [[Washington Nationals]], in the same game that [[Barry Bonds]] hit his record-breaking 756th career home run.<ref name=8/07/07-recap>{{cite web |url=http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/gameday_recap.jsp?ymd=20070807&content_id=2135836&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf |title=Bonds' 756th comes in loss to Nats| last=Haft| first=Chris| work=MLB.com| date=[[2007-08-08]]}}</ref>
   
After Zito's start on [[August 12]], his ERA was 5.13.<ref name=br-2007_gamelogs>{{cite web| url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/gl.cgi?n1=zitoba01&t=p&year=2007 |title=Barry Zito 2007 Pitching Gamelogs| work=Baseball-Reference| accessdate=2007-09-03}}</ref> Over his next four starts, he lowered his ERA to 4.46. He admitted that he had put pressure on himself to perform because of the large contract and was learning that he just needed be himself. Zito also said that it had been difficult for him to adjust to a new league, team, and ballpark.<ref name=finding_himself>{{cite web| url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/03/SPN1RU5CK.DTL | title=By being himself, Zito is again Zito| last=Shea| first=John| work=San Francisco Chronicle| date=[[2007-09-03]]| accessdate=2007-09-03}}</ref> On the final day of the season, in Los Angeles against the [[Los Angeles Dodgers|Dodgers]], Zito allowed two runs on five hits and had four strikeouts in an 11-2 win.
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After Zito's start on [[August 12]], his ERA was 5.13.<ref name=br-2007_gamelogs>{{cite web| url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/gl.cgi?n1=zitoba01&t=p&year=2007 |title=Barry Zito 2007 Pitching Gamelogs| work=Baseball-Reference| accessdate=2007-09-03}}</ref> Over his next four starts, he lowered his ERA to 4.46. He admitted that he had put pressure on himself to perform because of the large contract and was learning that he just needed be himself. Zito also said that it had been difficult for him to adjust to a new league, team, and ballpark.<ref name=finding_himself>{{cite web| url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/03/SPN1RU5CK.DTL | title=By being himself, Zito is again Zito| last=Shea| first=John| work=[[San Francisco Chronicle]]| date=[[2007-09-03]]| accessdate=2007-09-03}}</ref> On the final day of the season, in [[Los Angeles, California|Los Angeles]] against the [[Los Angeles Dodgers|Dodgers]], Zito allowed two runs on five hits and had four strikeouts in an 11-2 win.
   
Zito began the [[2008 Major League Baseball season|2008 season]] as the oldest starter and the veteran presence in the Giants' starting rotation.<ref>[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/17/SP5SV38PG.DTL Burden's on Giants' youthful starters Rotation appears to be strength of otherwise weak team]</ref> In April, Zito went 0–6 with a 7.53 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He was the third pitcher in the last 52 years to go 0–6 before May 1.<ref>{{cite web| url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/27/SP5210CSEP.DTL | title=Zito Zapped Again| last=Shea| first=John| work=San Francisco Chronicle| date=2008-04-27| accessdate=2008-04-27}}</ref> On [[April 28]], 2008 the Giants moved him to the [[bullpen]].<ref name=bullpen>{{cite web |url=http://mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080428&content_id=2605660&vkey=news_sf&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf |title=Zito to work things out in bullpen |last=Haft |first=Chris |work=MLB.com |date=2008-04-28 | accessdate=2008-04-28}}</ref> Zito did not make an appearance out of the bullpen and returned to the rotation on May 7, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In that game, Zito allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs over 5 innings and took the loss, his 7th of the season. On [[May 23]], [[2008]], Zito collected his first win of the 2008 season against the [[Florida Marlins]]. On [[June 13]], 2008, Zito became the first pitcher to record 10 losses in the Major Leagues following the 5-1 loss to Oakland.
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Zito began the [[2008 Major League Baseball season|2008 season]] as the oldest starter and the veteran presence in the Giants' starting rotation.<ref>[http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/17/SP5SV38PG.DTL Burden's on Giants' youthful starters Rotation appears to be strength of otherwise weak team]</ref> In April, Zito went 0–6 with a 7.53 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He was the third pitcher in the last 52 years to go 0–6 before May 1.<ref>{{cite web| url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/27/SP5210CSEP.DTL | title=Zito Zapped Again| last=Shea| first=John| work=[[San Francisco Chronicle]]| date=[[2008-04-27]]| accessdate=2008-04-27}}</ref> On [[April 28]], 2008 the Giants moved him to the [[bullpen]].<ref name=bullpen>{{cite web |url=http://mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080428&content_id=2605660&vkey=news_sf&fext=.jsp&c_id=sf |title=Zito to work things out in bullpen |last=Haft |first=Chris |work=MLB.com |date=[[2008-04-28]] | accessdate=2008-04-28}}</ref> Zito did not make an appearance out of the bullpen and returned to the rotation on May 7, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In that game, Zito allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs over 5 innings and took the loss, his 7th of the season. On [[May 23]], [[2008]], Zito collected his first win of the 2008 season against the [[Florida Marlins]]. On [[June 13]], 2008, Zito became the first pitcher to record 10 losses in the Major Leagues following the 5-1 loss to Oakland.
   
 
====Statistics====
 
====Statistics====
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==Pitching style==
 
==Pitching style==
The velocity of Zito's [[four-seam fastball]] has diminished, it's currently one of the slowest in the Major Leagues clocked in the low 80s while occasionally reaching 85mph.<ref name=fastball_obsession>{{cite web |url=http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview07/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=2809709 |title=Baseball's obsession with the fastball| last=Crasnick| first=Jerry| work=ESPN.com| date=2007-03-26}}</ref> He augments it with a [[changeup]], and a traditional "12-6" [[curveball]] that's very slow but sharp. It was voted as the best curveball in the Major Leagues in a player poll conducted by ESPN The Magazine, the curveball is also Zito's strikeout pitch. Since mid-[[2004 Major League Baseball season|2004]], Zito has added a [[two-seam fastball]] and a [[slider]] to his arsenal, though the curveball is still used more often. Zito's velocity and command are the key components of his struggle, his velocity does not allow him to overpower hitters, it places him in the same class as veterans [[Greg Maddux]], and [[Jamie Moyer]], but Zito does not possess the same type of command.
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The velocity of Zito's [[four-seam fastball]] has diminished, it's currently one of the slowest in the Major Leaugues clocked in the low 80s while occasionally reaching 85mph.<ref name=fastball_obsession>{{cite web |url=http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview07/columns/story?columnist=crasnick_jerry&id=2809709 |title=Baseball's obsession with the fastball| last=Crasnick| first=Jerry| work=[[ESPN.com]]| date=[[2007-03-26]]}}</ref> He augments it with a [[changeup]], and a traditional "12-6" [[curveball]] that's very slow but sharp. It was voted as the best curveball in the Major Leagues in a player poll conducted by [[ESPN The Magazine]], the curveball is also Zito's strikeout pitch. Since mid-[[2004 Major League Baseball season|2004]], Zito has added a [[two-seam fastball]] and a [[slider]] to his arsenal, though the curveball is still used more often. Zito's velocity and command are the key components of his struggle, his velocity does not allow him to overpower hitters, it places him in the same class as veterans [[Greg Maddux]], and [[Jamie Moyer]], but Zito does not possess the same type of command.
 
==Awards==
 
==Awards==
 
*{{by|1999}} - [[Pacific Ten Conference|Pac-10]] Pitcher of the Year
 
*{{by|1999}} - [[Pacific Ten Conference|Pac-10]] Pitcher of the Year
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==Personal life ==
 
==Personal life ==
Zito is known for his idiosyncrasies, and his offbeat personality. He has earned the nicknames "Planet Zito" and "Captain Quirk".<ref name=nicknames>{{cite web |url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/athletics/2002-10-03-cover-zito_x.htm |title=Pitching the Zen of Zito| last=Weiner| first=Richard| work=USA Today| date=2002-10-03}}</ref> He once made it a practice to buy his own autographed baseball cards on eBay; when asked why he bought them at auction for high prices rather than acquiring unsigned cards and signing them himself, Zito replied, "Because they're authenticated." Despite batting and throwing left-handed, Zito signs autographs for fans at the ballpark right-handed.
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Zito is known for his idiosyncrasies, and his offbeat personality. He has earned the nicknames "Planet Zito" and "Captain Quirk".<ref name=nicknames>{{cite web |url=http://www.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/athletics/2002-10-03-cover-zito_x.htm |title=Pitching the Zen of Zito| last=Weiner| first=Richard| work=[[USA Today]]| date=[[2002-10-03]]}}</ref> He once made it a practice to buy his own autographed baseball cards on [[eBay]]; when asked why he bought them at auction for high prices rather than acquiring unsigned cards and signing them himself, Zito replied, "Because they're authenticated."{{Fact|date=April 2008}} Despite batting and throwing left-handed, Zito signs autographs for fans at the ballpark right-handed.
   
At his introductory press conference with the Giants, Zito said he liked the way his uniform number 75 looked, because the 7 and the 5 are like a "shelf" to hold the name "Zito" up. He carries pink satin pillows on the road, collects stuffed animals (such as a good luck teddy bear, with which he used to travel), and burns incense to relax.<ref name=10_burning_questions>{{cite web |url=http://espn.go.com/page2/s/questions/zito.html |title=10 Burning Questions for... Barry Zito| work=ESPN.com}}</ref> Early in his career, Zito dyed his hair blue. He plays guitar, surfs, practices yoga, and follows Zen. He has done yoga poses in the outfield, and meditates before games.<ref name=yoga>{{cite web |url=http://www.silive.com/sports/advance/index.ssf?/base/Sports/1165411813246270.xml&coll=1 |title= For Zito, it's dollars vs. sense| last=Price| first=Jay| work=Staten Island Advance| date=2006-12-06}}</ref> In [[2001 Major League Baseball season|2001]], Zito espoused a universal life force that he credited with his midseason turnaround.<ref name=10_burning_questions/> His mother Roberta named him after her brother Barry, a beatnik “freethinker” and acolyte of Zen who mysteriously vanished in 1964 at the age of 22 near Big Sur, California.<ref name=Horowitz>{{cite web |url=http://www.mitchhorowitz.com/barry-zito.html |title=Barry's Way| last=Horowitz| first=Mitch| date=September 2003| accessdate=2007-09-03}}</ref>
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At his introductory press conference with the Giants, Zito said he liked the way his uniform number 75 looked, because the 7 and the 5 are like a "shelf" to hold the name "Zito" up. He carries pink satin pillows on the road, collects stuffed animals (such as a good luck teddy bear, with which he used to travel), and burns incense to relax.<ref name=10_burning_questions>{{cite web |url=http://espn.go.com/page2/s/questions/zito.html |title=10 Burning Questions for... Barry Zito| work=ESPN.com}}</ref> Early in his career, Zito dyed his hair blue. He plays guitar, surfs, practices [[yoga]], and follows [[Zen]]. He has done [[yoga]] poses in the outfield, and [[meditate]]s before games.<ref name=yoga>{{cite web |url=http://www.silive.com/sports/advance/index.ssf?/base/Sports/1165411813246270.xml&coll=1 |title= For Zito, it's dollars vs. sense| last=Price| first=Jay| work=[[Staten Island Advance]]| date=[[2006-12-06]]}}</ref> In [[2001 Major League Baseball season|2001]], Zito espoused a universal life force that he credited with his midseason turnaround.<ref name=10_burning_questions/> His mother Roberta named him after her brother Barry, a beatnik “freethinker” and acolyte of Zen who mysteriously vanished in 1964 at the age of 22 near {{city-state|Big Sur|California}}.<ref name=Horowitz>{{cite web |url=http://www.mitchhorowitz.com/barry-zito.html |title=Barry's Way| last=Horowitz| first=Mitch| date=September 2003| accessdate=2007-09-03}}</ref>
   
He created the charity ''[[Strikeouts for Troops]]'', to which he donates $400 for every strikeout he throws. The charity benefits hospitals for soldiers wounded in military operations.
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He created the charity ''[[Strikeouts for Troops]]'', to which he donates $400 for every strikeout he throws. The charity benefits hospitals for soldiers wounded in military operations.
   
His father composed and arranged music for Nat King Cole in the early 1960s (ca.1961-64), and arranged for the ''Buffalo Symphony''.<ref name=chinmusic>{{cite web |url=http://www.chinmusic.net/Zito.html |title=Slingin' it with Barry Zito| last=Moriarity| first=W.C| work=ChinMusic!}}</ref> Zito's mother is a classically trained musician who also sang with Nat King Cole's band, in a choral group known as The Merry Young Souls.<ref name=onmilwaukee>{{cite web |url=http://www.onmilwaukee.com/music/articles/benfoldsreview.html |title=Ben Folds' stop in Milwaukee engages audience| last=Bolda| first=Velia| work=OnMilwaukee.com| date=2002-11-25}}</ref>
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His father composed and arranged music for [[Nat King Cole]] in the early 1960s (ca.1961-64), and arranged for the ''Buffalo Symphony''.<ref name=chinmusic>{{cite web |url=http://www.chinmusic.net/Zito.html |title=Slingin' it with Barry Zito| last=Moriarity| first=W.C| work=ChinMusic!}}</ref> Zito's mother is a classically trained musician who also sang with Nat King Cole's band, in a choral group known as The Merry Young Souls.<ref name=onmilwaukee>{{cite web |url=http://www.onmilwaukee.com/music/articles/benfoldsreview.html |title=Ben Folds' stop in Milwaukee engages audience| last=Bolda| first=Velia| work=OnMilwaukee.com| date=[[2002-11-25]]}}</ref>
   
His uncle is actor Patrick Duffy.<ref name=d-backs_broadcast-9/19/07>[[Arizona Diamondbacks]] broadcast of [[September 19]], [[2007 Major League Baseball season|2007]] game against [[San Francisco Giants]]. ''KTVK 3TV''.</ref>
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His uncle is actor [[Patrick Duffy]].<ref name=d-backs_broadcast-9/19/07>[[Arizona Diamondbacks]] broadcast of [[September 19]], [[2007 Major League Baseball season|2007]] game against [[San Francisco Giants]]. ''[[KTVK]] 3TV''.</ref>
   
He is a big fan of the San Francisco punk band, NOFX.
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He is a big fan of the San Francisco punk band, [[NOFX]].
   
 
His favorite musician is Ben Folds.
 
His favorite musician is Ben Folds.
   
 
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