Zito with the San Francisco Giants
May 13, 1978 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
Regardless of what you want to call it, guys need some type of spirituality they can grab onto. If it's Christianity, which is a very structured approach, or if it's something that's a little more open-ended… like, Zen's something you can make yourself a part of. You can interpret it for yourself, like Taoism and stuff like that.
I was this 5-7 pudgy kid in high school… I wasn't a popular kid. I was an outcast.
I refuse to be molded into some stereotypical ballplayer that has no interests, really, no life, no depth, no intelligence.
I do look forward to keeping in touch with the guys, because we'll always be connected in people's minds.
I looked up to my father when I was 7 and 8. I believed it was my calling to be in the big leagues. I'd been raised by a family that always told me I could do anything I wanted.
It's not like I'm some kind of veteran and there is this huge age gap. I identify with them more off the field. I need to set an example, which is great, and I look forward to doing just that.
I feel I can hang out with any group of people and find common ground to talk with them.
Some people pray to a totem pole, some people pray to a sun, some people pray to a god. It all works for them. It all comes back to what you think.
I think in the bullpen you can tell during your warmups, if you have a good feel for it. But anything can happen once you get into a game. Sometimes you just wind up throwing it better than ever before one day without knowing why.
Meyer and I have a bit in common because we're both left-handed. I think it's great that he seeks out that advice because he's not too cool or too uncomfortable to ask for it.
I view my pitching on how confident I was out there, period. And if I lose that confidence, I can become a prisoner of my own mind.
Everyone focuses on the earthly state, but how cool might death be? I believe in spiritual rebirth, and I can't wait to experience that.
When someone becomes successful or rich and famous, people perceive that person as being different. But I'm the same guy I've always been.