A’s bring back Barry Zito to main roster, could have him match up against Tim Hudson

This was the idea that came up a few wees ago. What if the A’s called up Barry Zito and have him face former teammate Tim Hudson when the Giants and A’s meet later this month?

Well, at least they are one step closer. I have always agreed with the A’s initial assessment of the Zito situation in which they won’t bring him up and start him over a younger player that could benefit from the experience. But with the A’s out of the race and the opportunity to do one kind of celebration for both of the team’s best pitchers, maybe this is OK.

In a sense, it’s the A’s sacrificing one young player’s start for this potential occasion. Is it fair? Probably not. But at this point, it isn’t wrong.

But at least for now, we get to see Zito pitch in the green and gold at least one more time hopefully. With the expanded 40-man roster, the team can afford something like this. And the opportunity is too perfect not to go for it.

Wake up, Barry. You’re back in the show!

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Barry Zito reunites with A’s and all the memories come back for me

Out of the Big Three the A’s had in their early years of dominance in the 2000s, Barry Zito was my favorite over Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. All three pitchers were great, but it was something about that Zito curveball that just amazed me.

Zito was great for Oakland and spent seven seasons with the team, making three All-Star games and winning a Cy Young award in 2002. He was great for Oakland, but when he was to hit the market, I knew his time was gone. It was either San Francisco or the New York Mets and he choice to stay in the Bay.

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