Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame

Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame


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The painfully honest and personal story of one of baseball’s most intriguing players.

In Curveball, Zito shares his story with honesty and transparency. The ups and the downs. The wins and losses. By sharing his experiences as a man who had everything except happiness, Zito offers readers a path through adversity and toward a life defined by true success.

Despite achieving the kind of fame and fortune that most people only dream about, Barry Zito was plagued by both internal forces and external circumstances that robbed him of any sense of peace—until he finally found a purpose worth living for.

Barry explores the twists and turns of his own journey, including:

  • his dad’s constant push and pursuit for excellence, which translated into a toxic father-son relationship,
  • how achieving superstardom in the major leagues created crippling fear,
  • the personal destruction brought on by fame and fortune,
  • and the disastrous seasons with the San Francisco Giants, including being benched for the 2010 playoffs and World Series.

Zito comes face-to-face with the destructiveness of his own ego—his need to be viewed as the best. He also comes face-to-face with God and with the truth that he was loved no matter what he achieved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785227663
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 287,699
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Pitching primarily for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants throughout his Major League Baseball career, Barry Zito is a Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Series champion. After retiring from baseball, Barry settled in Nashville with his wife, Amber, and their two sons. Already well into his second career as a musician and songwriter, Zito recently released his debut EP, “No Secrets.”

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction: Fame, Shame, and the Love of the Game xv

Chapter 1 Half-Italian, Ail-American 1

Chapter 2 Let the Games Begin 13

Barry's Basics-First Base 27

Chapter 3 The Point of Release Is Everything 31

Chapter 4 Method to the Madness 45

Barry's Basics-Second Base 57

Chapter 5 At Least Now We're in the Building 61

Chapter 6 Ride That Wave 77

Barry's Basics-Third Base 97

Chapter 7 Creating My Own Monster 99

Barry's Basics-Home Plate 113

Chapter 8 Tattoo That Number on Your Forehead 115

Chapter 9 Trying Everything, Getting Nowhere 135

Chapter 10 Nobody's Fault but Mine 157

Chapter 11 But He Was Never There, Until Right Now 173

Chapter 12 Stay on Your Side of the Fence 193

Chapter 13 No Regrets, No What-Ifs 207

Conclusion: The Tale of Two Rings 221

Appendix 1 God's Gift of Mercer 225

Appendix 2 The Gospel According to Barry Zito 229

Appendix 3 Barry Zito Baseball Career Awards and Stats 235

Notes 239

About the Authors 243

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