It is 3:45 pm Eastern and Barry Zito, as is his custom, is in the outfield throwing a baseball. I’ve seen him do this his whole career. He starts with short toss to a catcher near the right field line. Then Zito moves progressively farther away and makes longer throws. Zito is now in center field. So I see a man on his own getting ready for an incredibly big start, one that could provide lots of redemption in San Francisco.

The Giants players and the organization like him. When he got axed from the postseason roster in 2010, he never blamed the manager or the coaches or anyone else. He blamed himself for not pitching well. People remember that.