Found September 27, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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I've spent a surprising amount of time this week thinking about Barry Zito. Wondering about the kind of ovation he'd get. Speculating as to what kind of outing he'd leave us with. It didn't exactly dominate every waking moment but it was a favorite topic of mine. To think about the Giants was to think about Barry Zito for the last seven years. It was weird to think it was all going to end. I spent almost no time at all thinking about Tim Lincecum. It wasn't until I saw a few tweets that it sunk in. This could be the last time we see Tim Lincecum in a Giants uniform. That's actually possible. And it didn't hit me until a couple hours ago. We had a diminutive security blanket in every offseason since 2007 regardless of whatever else was going on. At least the Giants have Lincecum you'd think. Even when he was bad in 2012 he ended the postseason in such a positive way it was hard not to be optimistic. There was always Tim Lincecum. But I was thinking ...
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