A man in the game

How Barry Zito turned his career around and became the playoffs' best story

Originally Published: December 1, 2012
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

TIM KEOWN: After you beat St. Louis in the NLCS, you said you found a higher level of focus. You've always sought to blend the athletic and the spiritual, so how do you think you reached that point? BARRY ZITO: I think it was holding myself accountable on a moment by moment basis, asking myself, "Am I giving everything in the tank right now?" The odds were against us and me personally, and so my main focus was simple: I didn't want to ask the question, "What if I'd done my best?" ...

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