Boras then had those numbers printed out on crisp white paper and tucked inside blue binders. Each of them was stamped with silver foil: BARRY ZITO, FREE AGENT PRESENTATION. That binder eventually won Boras and Zito a seven-year, $126 million contract from the San Francisco Giants, then the largest ever for a pitcher. But on that afternoon it was a just a binder, science’s rigid attempt to define the abstract. Boras gave one of them to Zito, who took it back to his house in Hollywood. He put that binder on his kitchen counter and left it sitting out as a reminder of the things that he had done and the things that he would do.
That binder destroyed Barry Zito.
Interesting article. I remember reading about Zito’s mind-over-matter philosophy when he was with Oakland, and always thought it was cool. I use positive thinking and visualization in my own life, but negative thinking and lack of self-confidence can be powerful things.
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