Maybe you like 1987 Topps, the curly cardboard year. Or perhaps you are a Frank Tanana Supercollector. Clearly, our strange affliction is Barry Zito. Maybe because we live by one of his aphorisms: Normal People Worry Us.
Just today, on SI.com, we saw that he made the "top 10 flops" of the 2000s:
How much would you pay for a soft-tossing left-handed pitcher with a declining strikeout rate? If you said "$126 million," then you must work for the San Francisco Giants, who paid former Oakland ace Zito that princely sum as a free agent after the 2006 season. The former Cy Young winner with the Athletics has gone 31-43 in three seasons with the Giants and has failed to post an ERA below 4.00. That's not much of a return for what was then the largest pitching contract in baseball history. On the bright side, he does own these adorable stuffed animals.
Well, that was snarky, SI. Besides, that stuffed animal thing is kind of a myth. The fairest and best-written insight into BZ can be found in this NY Times article, 'The Mystery of Barry Zito.' If you read it, you may understand him a little better. We still believe Barry may come around.
"The hardest thing in life is to trust that something is gonna come," he says. We trust, BZ, we trust. In the meantime, we own up to our happy choice in collecting you.
And here's our Barry Zito Six in 30, for today, anyway. The motion; the Zoolander stare.
An A&G version of The Stare.
Dunno why this chaotic card works for us, but it does.
This card is a reminder of how much we like 2005 Bowman Sterling. Also, do you not love cards that depict pitchers hitting?