Barry Zito returned to AT&T Park to sing backup on the national anthem and toss a first-pitch strike
Barry Zito may have hung up his cleats for good a couple of years ago, but he's known to show up at the ballpark every now and then ... as a musician.
Yes, the man known for the knee-buckling curve, his 2002 Cy Young Award with the A's and his role on the Giants' 2012 World Series-winning team is now a master of the acoustic guitar, as he discussed at length with Cut4 last year. It's a fun new chapter for the lefty, who spends a lot of time in Nashville these days.
His travels brought him back home on Thursday for the Giants' 10-5 loss to the Pirates at AT&T Park. On Jerry Garcia Night (paying tribute to the Bay Area music legend on the anniversary of his 1995 passing), Zito joined Sunshine Becker, a vocalist for the grateful Dead offshoot band Furthur, for a rendition of the national anthem:
John Mayer or Barry Zito? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/DaKEsBCXK2- Cut4 (@Cut4) August 10, 2018
Zito then climbed up the mound and delivered a ceremonial first pitch -- no, not his signature unhittable curve, but a decent toss nonetheless:
Zito with the anthem and first pitch on Jerry Garcia Night. pic.twitter.com/t2FoFQvPg0- John Shea (@JohnSheaHey) August 10, 2018
Welcome home, Barry.