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What's pretty weird in light of all this is that Bochy took Zito out last night after the 5th inning. The Giants were winning 5-2 and Zito had only thrown 77 pitches.
And then Zito threw a fit in the dugout
Fit? I didn't see the game, but none of the local papers mention a tantrum...
And FWIW, his terrible stats this year are completely in line with how he's looked, subjectively. He's got nothing. In previous years he was inconsistent, but he could get into a good zone for a few starts. Nothing resembling a good zone this year.
Nothing resembling a good zone this year.
I'd love it if he pitched for the A's again.
In any case, Zito's legacy with Giants' fans is complicated. Everyone knows he's been a huge disappointment against the contract. But:
Bochy is giving Zito one last appearance in relief right now, top of the 8th, 2 outs. He's being brought in to face Mark Kotsay, who is playing his final major league game.
Well, sure, but how much more success might the Giants have enjoyed without having that $126M tied up?
- It isn't Zito's fault that the Giants overpaid him
- By every account, he's always worked very hard, never complained, never blamed anyone for his struggles, and been a genuinely popular teammate
- If it weren't for his out-of-nowhere brilliant shutout performance in Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS, the Giants simply would not have been able to win the 2012 World Series. That will forever be remembered as one of the all-time great clutch performances by a Giants' player, a highlight in the long and colorful franchise tradition.
I'm not sure just winning Game 5 of the NLCS in St Louis and Game 1 of the World Series isn't worth $126M to Giants fans.
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