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Here is the opening to my column about Barry Zito’s stellar performance in Game 5 of the NLCS:

ST. LOUIS

It’s because of Barry Zito this series is moving back to San Francisco. It’s because of Zito there’s still a series to move.

Take a moment to celebrate Zito. He had to win Game 5 of this NLCS, hard enough when he was pitching against the Cardinals in St. Louis. But he didn’t merely win. He pitched 7» innings of shutout ball and led the Giants to a 5-0 win. Celebrate him.

He has a history of utter failure in San Francisco, public failure. It could have driven him to the loony bin. But it led him to his best game as a Giant — he said afterward it was his best.

To read the entire Zito column, please click here.

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