Strikeouts For Troops: About



Barry Zitois a 3 time All Star and Cy Young Award pitcher for the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants.

Following his seventh season with the Oakland Athletics, Zito signed with the San Francisco Giants in 2007. He posted double-digit wins in his first three seasons and in 2010 he helped San Francisco win their first World Series championship since the team moved West in 1958. After sitting out part of the 2011 season with a foot and ankle injury, he came back in 2012 and flourished, finishing with an illustrious 15-8 record, his best season in a Giants uniform. In October, Zito helped lead the Giants to their second World Series title in San Francisco history by going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three postseason starts. In his first career World Series start, he outdueled Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander in Game 1, setting the stage for San Francisco’s sweep to their seventh World Series title in franchise history.

The character and charisma that Zito exhibits has been influenced by the fact that he was raised in a creative arena.  His parents, Joe and Roberta, were professional entertainers. Joe was the musical arranger and conductor for Nat “King” Cole, and mother was a singer/dancer with Nat “King” Cole and the Merry Young Souls road show.

Zito is also a philanthropist. He is committed to making the world a better place through a foundation he founded, Strikeouts For Troops™, a non-profit organization now in it’s 7th year. The foundation helps wounded U.S. Troops to help them recover from their physical, mental & emotional war injuries and supports military families. He  is leading the public campaign to build a new dining hall for St. Anthony’s in San Francisco, where they feed and care for some 2,500 people each day, many who are veterans. He also takes part in programs for inner city kids, makes unannounced appearances to help feed people at homeless shelters; visits children at hospitals; assists in animal rescue; and is actively engaged in the global battle against illiteracy and hunger.  He received the 48th annual Hutch Award® given each year to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field.

To better know the actual person that Barry Zito is, one must appreciate his endless artistic curiosity and creative drive that has made him one of the most interesting  figures in and out of his sport. His unique pre-game ritual includes meditation and yoga.

Off the field, he can often be found in a recording studio. He’s an accomplished musician and song writer and has scored music for the “The Franchise,” on Showtime (debut 7/11), co-wrote and plays guitar on a song for the new Eddie Murphy movie titled: “A Thousand Words”; (debut 3/12) and has the compelling jazzy pop track called “Butterflies” up on iTunes.

In addition, he has snared acting roles on JAG and Arli$$, and the Chris Isaak Show, and was the first male model for True Religion Brand Jeans and has been featured in GQ Magazine ‘Six on Six’ most influential personalities.