This Day In Sports History (December 23rd) — Immaculate Reception
This Day In Sports History (December 27th) – Barry Zito
It was on this day in 2006 that the San Francisco Giants signed free agent starting pitcher Barry Zito to a seven-year deal worth $126 million. Zito’s contract made him the highest paid pitcher in Major League history at the time of the signing.
Barry Zito had a terrific season in 2002 when he had a 23-5 record with a 2.75 ERA in 35 starts and went on to win the American League Cy Young Award as a member of the Oakland Athletics. However, his next four seasons in Oakland were up and down, as he compiled a rather mediocre 55-46 record. The Giants felt that a change of scenery would help resurrect his career, so they signed him to be the ace of their pitching staff. Unfortunately for San Francisco, Zito is not the pitcher he once was as he put together an ugly 40-57 record during his first four years as a Giant.
Things had gotten so bad for Zito that the Giants left him off their post-season roster in 2010. The move turned out to be the right decision, as they went on to defeat the Texas Rangers to capture the World Series Championship.
Carson Palmer, NFL – Born December 27th 1979 (age 34) in Fresno, California
Cole Hamels, MLB – Born December 27th 1983 (age 30) in San Diego, California
Paul Stastny, NHL – Born December 27th 1985 (age 28) in Quebec City, Quebec