Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hey Zito, Stay Away from Our Koufax

From "Zito wrestles with mental toughness" by Jerry Crasnick at ESPN.com:

Before his new team, the San Francisco Giants, worked out Monday at Scottsdale Stadium, [Barry] Zito thumbed through Jane Leavy's biography of Sandy Koufax for inspiration. The two lefties met at a New York baseball writers dinner four years ago and forged such a bond that Koufax gave Zito his phone number and, later, a collectible Sandy Koufax portrait painted by acclaimed sports artist Stephen Holland.

"I have it in my bedroom," Zito said. "You know how some people sleep under the cross? I sleep under the Koufax."

Okay, what is it about Barry Zito that inspires creepiness? And would Sandy have been so giving if he had known he were bonding with a future Giant?