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Searching for Barry Zito

Back in 2000, Jeff Pearlman hung out with quirky, laid-back Barry Zito. Where did that guy go? Story

Updated: June 28, 2007, 11:53 AM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

In the late weeks of 2000, I flew to Los Angeles to spend a couple of days with Barry Zito.

At the time, the 22-year-old pitcher was a still-obscure up-and-comer with the Oakland Athletics. He had recently completed a rookie season during which he went 7-4 with a 2.72 ERA in 14 starts, but could safely walk the sands of Manhattan Beach without being identified.

In our two days together, Zito and I ate Mexican, went to a jazz club, surfed (well, he surfed; I took notes), talked life ...

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