Barry Zito thinks people should reconsider the other Barry:
…. I wish more people got to see the Barry we all see. He’s incredibly motivated, determined and disciplined. What he does requires a level of focus most people can’t understand. If he doesn’t want to deal with making everybody else happy, so what? Would the fans rather have an average player who’s a great guy off the field? Kids want superstars.
…. The way he’s perceived doesn’t trouble me. I know people love to hate. My dad always warned me that great champions walk alone. The average guy just can’t relate to the president or a $20 million-a-movie actor or a home run king. Those are extraordinary people. Which is also why people want to knock them off the mountaintop.
Why is Zito doing this? I find it fascinating to see him go so far out on a limb; to what end would he bother putting his good name out there for Bonds?
Not that what he’s saying isn’t worth listening to. Many people forget how hard Bonds works, how much he sacrifices to be the best. Even if he did do steroids, he still had to put in the work, the hours and hours of weight-training, and working in the batting cage, and all the work and time he put in to become a Gold Glove left-fielder. And even if you believe that he used steroids, you still have to accept that steroids are but one step in a continuum of athletic performance enhancement. Ahhhh….. no one’s listening anymore, I know. I just can’t stop.