SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Zito and Matt Cainaccepted the mic from Train lead singer Patrick Monahan and belted out Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” as a couple of thousand fans cheered and sang right along.
On Sunday night, these two mega-millionaire pitchers took a different stage, performing with Train during the rock band’s sixth and final date in San Francisco.
Train reached out to Zito and asked him to take part Sunday night at The Fillmore — and he wasn’t going to pass up that chance. The left-hander joined Monahan and Co. late in their set for the group’s popular song “Save Me San Francisco,” playing the guitar and singing. Then, Monahan invited Cain to come down and Zito stayed in for one more song as they led everyone in “Don’t Stop Believin’.”
“So great,” Zito said afterward. “It was a lot of fun, with Cainer up there. All good.”
They high-fived afterward, downright giddy about what they had just done.
“It was good,” Cain said, smiling while getting a congratulatory hug from wife, Chelsea. She filmed the performance for the pitcher, who earlier this month signed a new $127.5 million, six-year contract.
Zito knew the venue well, too.
“I’ve been here a bunch of times but never played,” he said. “It’s neat.”
Tori Burns, daughter of late Giants majority owners Harmon and Sue Burns, attended the sold-out show and had a blast with others in the Giants’ VIP section above the stage.
Zito has another gig in the works for later this year. Through his “Strikeouts for Troops” foundation, which offers financial assistance to wounded servicemen and servicewomen and their families, he will host the inaugural “Strikeouts For Troops” All-Star Gala and nationally televised concert on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, on the flight deck of the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego.
The concert will draw about 3,500 spectators and feature renowned musical artists, appearances by major leaguers, other celebrities, veterans, and servicemen and servicewomen and their families.
“We believe there is a natural connection and synergy between Strikeouts For Troops and Major League Baseball, and by teaming together we can bring awareness to and make a difference in the lives of our troops and military families in their time of need,” Zito said in announcing the show. “We also believe this All-Star Gala will become ‘the’ iconic and true Veteran’s Day event.”
For Zito, Sunday night’s jam session was just a great way to warm up for that event — not to mention an opportunity he doesn’t get every day.
“Oh, yeah,” he said with a grin.