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


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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  1. Steve

    Assume you went to a restaurant with the other guys to have a late night meal. Did it have enough crow to satisfy your appetites?

    October 20th, 2012 9:30 am

  2. CohnZohn

    Rather unkind, Steve

    October 20th, 2012 9:32 am

  3. chris

    that perfromance by Zito was a thing of beauty. And amazing he pulled it off throwing 70-80 mph pitches. The pitchers in the little league world series throw as hard as Zito. His control was astonishing. He looked like Catfish Hunter and Greg Maddox. Hope the Giants have him available out of the bullpen in game 7 after Volglesong takes care of biz in game 6.

    October 20th, 2012 9:54 am

  4. Steve

    Lowell, nothing personal but sometimes the truth is unkind and needs to be stated. Not one local writer gave Zito a chance. No one recognized his 15 wins during the season or that his win percentage was the second highest among all Giants’ starters, no one mentioned that the Giants have won his last 12 (now 13) starts, no one acknowledged that he was squeezed by the home plate umpire in his last start, thus changing what would have been three strikeouts into three walks and completely altering the game. Ironically it’s the old fogies and not the young studs who are pitching the best. Hopefully the trend continues on Sunday with Vogelsong. Welcome home.

    October 20th, 2012 10:06 am

  5. Steve

    Btw, he did it with Posey (who caught brilliantly), not Sanchez, behind the plate. Note to Lincecum: get over it, whatever “it” is.

    October 20th, 2012 10:28 am

  6. Stan

    Let me condense..a year of meeting Ryan Vogelsong and seeing his “miracle” return to dominate MLB…Zito too finds the cure for what ailed him. Both,older pitchers wit sudden greatness.
    At least their handlers were more careful then Melky or Bartolo’s. Or,just my wild imagination..not based on anything..nada..fantasies.

    October 20th, 2012 11:19 am

  7. Nancy R

    Hi Lowell,
    I have lived in Santa Rosa the last 10 years but grew up in St. Louis. I was at the game in St. Louis last night with John C. I am rooting for the Cards but I was really happy for Zito. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how he was flummoxing the Big Cards Bats with itty bitty pitches..but yes you are right, he teased them or played tiddly winks with them or whatever that great word was that you used….I grew up Central West End…it was a thrill to have you in my home town…I was as excited about that as I was about the game…amazing what good writing can do to you and you don’t even fully appreciate it till the author comes to town and you’re tickled pink he’s there..Thank you Lowell for pleasure of reading your columns..it was great to see you in the St. Louis press box…

    October 20th, 2012 12:37 pm

  8. Nancy R

    that was it…Zito “tickled them to death” yes that is exactly what he did….

    October 20th, 2012 12:43 pm

  9. Stan

    btw, When Zito struck out that guy with the bases loaded and then got the DP? I posted on live blog right then-”that was the strikeout that will get the Giants to the WS..WRITE IT DOWN!.”.but,Stiglich deleted it..I wrote it again..he deleted it again.
    So..here again on Lowell so later I have proof..
    Joe just hated the idea I WAS RIGHT.

    October 20th, 2012 2:09 pm

  10. CohnZohn

    Nancy R, Thanks for your gracious note. I wish I had time for the Central West End this trip. I used to go to Balaban a lot.

    October 20th, 2012 9:49 pm

  11. Stan

    I’m a savant,a prophet..a holy man. No, really..some Tshirts are so old they have holes. The ones that say “Commodores World Tour 77″…

    October 22nd, 2012 7:22 pm

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