Just so you know, Barry Zito is not retired. It may seem like he’s retired – that whole not having a job in the majors thing – but he’s not.
He’s just taking some time off. To get to know himself a little better, perhaps. It’s time for Barry to work on Barry.
But it’s not a permanent retirement, according to sources.
If it were a permanent retirement, well, that wouldn’t be a big surprise considering the way Zito pitched in 2013. 5-11 with an ERA north of 5 is enough to make any man contemplate putting away the old spikes and glove. Especially if the man in question is 36 and has already earned $137 million playing baseball.
We know Zito has lots of other interests besides baseball. He’s a musician and a thinker. He doesn’t strike me as one of those guys who will hang on just to hang on.
When the time comes to walk away, Barry Zito will walk away. Like David Carradine at the end of a Kung Fu episode. He will just vanish into the distance, like he was never there at all.
But that time is not here just yet.