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.
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|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
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
About the Authors 243