May 07, 2006
ANtics Episode 2.11: A Tale of Two Zitos
Barry Zito dominated the 2002 season with a 23-5 record, and garnering the American League Cy Young Award. In the ensuing seasons, he's had his ups and downs, including shocking 15-2 defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees on Opening Day where he gave up 7 runs in an inning and a third. Yet, in his last two starts, he's returned to the Barry Zito of old, pitching masterfully. The main difference? Well, it's his mane difference. With short hair, Barry cannot be defeated. When the hair takes over, he is the anti-Sampson, stripped of his power. This is investigated in this week's ANtics, "A Tale of Two Zitos".