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Barry Zito buys a full-page ad to thank Giants fans

Oct 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Barry Zito‘s time in San Francisco is almost certainly over. His seven years with the Giant did coincide with much organizational success but, obviously, Zito experienced more personal downs than ups in the orange and black.

But to the extent Zito struggled in San Francisco, he never felt abandoned by fans. Or of he did he’s being a big guy about it and putting it behind him. He showed that by taking out a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle to thank Giants fans:


Seems like a pretty darn decent guy. Not just for the ad, of course. For all of the trouble he had on the field, you rarely if ever heard him say anything negative or, for that matter, people say anything negative about him personally. Sometimes guys don’t do as well as you hoped they do. Often when that happens, the relationship between the player and his team (and the fans) ends ugly.

Not with Zito. Not with the Giants. Not with Giants fans.

  1. bjbeliever - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I imagine the two world series titles helped the fans get over one bad contract.

    • Caught Looking - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Now let’s see if those fan do that with Pence’s contract.

  2. barrancefong - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Clearly, his FA contract with the Giants was a financial disaster, and anyone who tries to spin it otherwise is delusional. That being said, most Giants fans (I think) recognize this and understand that it wasn’t Barry’s fault that management was foolish enough to give him that much money. What was he supposed to do? Negotiate down?

    As a Giant, he worked hard, didn’t make excuses, and didn’t complain in when things weren’t going well for him. This is in contrast to other Giants of the past that seemed to always blame others or have excuses for their failures (see Benitez, Armando). In the end, despite the wasted money, I think Giants fans will remember Barry for the Game 5 win in the NLCS vs St. Louis and the Game 1 win in the WS vs. Detroit.

  3. vader3234 - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Class act no doubt. But 126 million dollars.

    • bigdicktater - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      The Giants have made that back and more with last year’s World Series win, which they probably don’t get without Zito. Giants GM Brian Sabean has said several times, “No regrets”.

    • 1historian - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      If someone offered you that kind of money – what would you do?

  4. happytwinsfan - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    maybe zito’s being completely sincere, but you can’t help wonder, a few thousand for a newspaper add which eventually translates to 10 s or 100 of thousands in endorsement contracts ???

    • jarathen - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      What on earth would he endorse? I don’t even think local churches want a terrible pitcher selling them.

  5. thisdamnbox - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    The guy was always a class act. When left off the postseason roster in 2010 he worked his tail off in case someone on the roster was injured. He always worked hard to turn his play around, it just didn’t work out most of the time. And, his charity work with injured service men and women were unparalleled as far as I could see. That and the fact that the Giants don’t even make the WS last hear without him certainly leaves good feelings in the hearts of Giants fans. Once a Giant, always a Giant…unless you’re a Dodger…(Simmer down, I’m just jerkin’ yer squids…a bit…. )

  6. beefytrout - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Attention Josh Hamilton:

    This is how you say goodbye to a fanbase.

  7. lew24 - Oct 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Who reads the newspaper?

    • jarathen - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      I get the local paper for $1 a week. It’s worth that.

    • 1historian - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      let’s start with people who know how to read

  8. APBA Guy - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Definitely a class act. The memories of his particular performances are starting to dim in Oakland, but just say “Big Three” or “rookie-year Cy Young” and every Oakland fan smiles.

  9. provguard - Oct 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Very classy gentleman! Yeah, Zito left a lot to be desired……no complaining for the treatment..really classy…

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