At the beginning of his first Spring Training with the Giants in 2007, Zito unveiled a new pitching delivery intended to add power to his fastball and off-speed pitches.
Zito uses a video camera to chronicle bullpen sessions during Spring Training, so that he can monitor his mechanics.
December 28, 2006: Barry Zito agrees to a record 7-year, $126 million contract with the San Francisco Giants, across the Bay from his former team, the Oakland A's.
Offered arbitration by the Oakland A's on December 1, 2006.
Zito filed for free agency on October 31, 2006.
Zito has never missed a scheduled Major League start due to injury or illness.
In 2000 and 2003, Zito participated in the Oakland Ballet's performances of "The Nutcracker."
Zito's father, Joe, is a composer and arranger.
Zito's mother, Roberta, is an ordained minister.
"Zito's Favorite Stuff"
From: April 2003 Edition of Sports Illustrated for Kids
Sport to Play (other than baseball): Surfing
Sport to Watch: Motocross
Athlete: Motocross rider Ricky Carmichael
Sports Thrill: Beating Roger Clemens at Yankee Stadium in Game 4 of the 2000 American League Division Series
Band: Dave Matthews Band
Song: "It's Nice To Go Trav'ling," by Frank Sinatra
Cartoon Character: SpongeBob SquarePants
Book: "Alive," by Piers Paul Reed
Zito pledged to donate $200 to Strikeouts for Troops for each strikeout during the 2006 season. The national program benefits American troops wounded in war by providing aid to military hospitals. The fund also assists the families of wounded troops with expenses related to housing and travel.
"Dallas" star Patrick Duffy is Zito's uncle.
Zito pitched for the 2002 and 2003 AL All-Star teams.
Zito's 2006 stats for the Oakland A's are: 16-10 record, 3.83 ERA, 151 strikeouts, 221 innings pitched.
Zito pitched Game 1 of the ALDS in Minnesota and pitched Game 1 of the ALCS in Oakland, California during the 2006 playoffs.
Barry was selected to be on the 2006 AL All-Star team.
Barry is left-handed.
Barry won the Cy Young Award in 2002.
Barry was the the 1998 NCAA baseball champion at USC.
Barry attended college at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
In his free time, Barry enjoys surfing.
Barry's high school was the University of San Diego High School.
Dated actress Alyssa Milano.
Zito: It's the playoffs, so if you don't get ahead in the count, it becomes more exposed than in the regular season, so...
Zito: You know, I didn't put too much pressure on myself. I just went out and said, 'If I make my pitches, they'll get themselves out.'
Zito: My strengths are my fastball, my curveball and my change. Mix in that fastball away and the fastball up in the zone. For the most part, it's just sticking with my game.
Zito: Brown was way out in front of a changeup, ... That's just the baseball gods there. ... I haven't seen their games, but I figure they hadn't gotten breaks like that.
Zito: Maybe I was a little lethargic mentally, instead of being pumped up. I think that works to my advantage when I'm lethargic. It helps me not trip out on everything.