Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/20/12
The moments like this, the moments that come out of nowhere, they're part of the game's magic. Barry Zito's success with an 85 mph fastball, that's magic, too. But let's not get too deep here. What you saw Friday night was the result of hard work and sheer will and uncommon professionalism. What you saw Friday night, with Zito pitching 7 2/3 shutout innings to save the Giants' season, was absolutely earned. Remember 2010? Zito did not even make the Giants' postseason roster, did not participate in the team's final run to its first World Series title in San Francisco -- and first since 1954. Looking back, he called it "a huge blow." But manager Bruce Bochy recalled that after telling Zito the news, the veteran left-hander went out and threw a bullpen session right away. Staying ready, preparing to help his team, just in case. That's who Zito is to his teammates -- not a $126 million, free-agent bust, but a player who never makes excuses, constantly seeks to improve and, in Bochy'...
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