Found September 30, 2013 on Nation Orange:
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Wow. What a way to end the season. If you’re not going to make the playoffs, that was about the best possible script for the 162nd game of the year. And to be quite honest, we feel similarly to how we felt after the Giants won the NLDS and NLCS just under a year ago. It's just that warm buzzy feeling of baseball bliss. Let’s take a look at some of the beauty that was today’s season finale… 1. Barry Zito gets his curtain call. After Bruce Bochy was slightly maligned for removing Zito after five innings on Wednesday, and not allowing the lovable lefty his proper ovation, all was righted today. Zito entered in the eighth inning for a picture perfect moment: a showdown with Mark Kotsay, a former teammate and friend who is most likely retiring after today. The fans went wild when Zeets took the mound, as everyone knew he was facing his final batter of his seven-year tenure with the boys in orange. Creating a raucous ovation, Zito fanned Kotsay with some of the mos...
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