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Barry Zito, American Athlete ( May 13, 1978 - )

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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.~Barry Zito


People Famous Successful

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.~Barry Zito


Confidence Mind View

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.~Barry Zito


God Sun People

I refuse to be molded into some stereotypical ballplayer that has no interests, really, no life, no depth, no intelligence.~Barry Zito


Life Intelligence Depth

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.~Barry Zito


Family Father Me

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.~Barry Zito


Death Experience Spiritual

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.~Barry Zito


Yourself Want You

I was this 5-7 pudgy kid in high school... I wasn't a popular kid. I was an outcast.~Barry Zito


School High School High

I just write mechanical things.~Barry Zito


Mechanical Just Write

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.~Barry Zito


Great Cool Advice

I'm OK being the veteran, but I'm still just a kid.~Barry Zito


Kid Still Veteran

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.~Barry Zito


Good Day Wind

I feel I can hang out with any group of people and find common ground to talk with them.~Barry Zito


People Group Find

I can count my friends on one hand.~Barry Zito


Friends I Can Hand

The outfield is solid, so is the catching and the infield.~Barry Zito


Solid Outfield Catching

I hadn't focused on mechanics since I signed professionally.~Barry Zito


Focused Mechanics Signed

I do look forward to keeping in touch with the guys, because we'll always be connected in people's minds.~Barry Zito


People Forward Look

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.~Barry Zito


Age Great Doing

Big league defense is going to get outs most times.~Barry Zito


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