Barry Zito Quotes

Barry William Zito (born May 13, 1978) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and musician. He played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. His pitching repertoire consisted of a curveball (his strikeout pitch), a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a circle changeup, and a cutter–slider.

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Barry Zito


I can relate to anyone. I can hang out with stoners, skaters, surfers, stockbrokers, lawyers, athletes, rappers. I feel I can hang out with any group of people and find common ground to talk with them.

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Some people pray to a totem pole, some people pray to a sun, some people pray to a god. It all works for them. It all comes back to what you think.

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It's not like I'm some kind of veteran and there is this huge age gap. I identify with them more off the field. I need to set an example, which is great, and I look forward to doing just that.

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I was this 5-7 pudgy kid in high school... I wasn't a popular kid. I was an outcast.

Barry Zito


Everyone focuses on the earthly state, but how cool might death be? I believe in spiritual rebirth, and I can't wait to experience that.

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I'm so secure in myself I couldn't care less what people think of me.

Barry Zito


I think in the bullpen you can tell during your warmups, if you have a good feel for it. But anything can happen once you get into a game. Sometimes you just wind up throwing it better than ever before one day without knowing why.

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I can count my friends on one hand.

Barry Zito


We speak for the entire Giants organization when we say that there is no place in society for hatred and bullying against anyone.

Barry Zito


I refuse to be molded into some stereotypical ballplayer that has no interests, really, no life, no depth, no intelligence.

Barry Zito


I looked up to my father when I was 7 and 8. I believed it was my calling to be in the big leagues. I'd been raised by a family that always told me I could do anything I wanted.

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I view my pitching on how confident I was out there, period. And if I lose that confidence, I can become a prisoner of my own mind.

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When I'm doing well, it's like I'm in a nice little ballet. Everything is going slow all around me. It's very peaceful.

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Regardless of what you want to call it, guys need some type of spirituality they can grab onto. If it's Christianity, which is a very structured approach, or if it's something that's a little more open-ended... like, Zen's something you can make yourself a part of. You can interpret it for yourself, like Taoism and stuff like that.

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When someone becomes successful or rich and famous, people perceive that person as being different. But I'm the same guy I've always been.

Barry Zito