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Curveball

How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame
Narrated by: Barry Zito
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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In 2007, pitcher Barry Zito signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. At that time, it was the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. He was at the top of his game, in peak physical condition, and had the kind of financial security most people can only dream of.

He was also miserable. And it began to show. Zito's career declined over the next few years until he hit rock bottom - watching from the bench as his team won the World Series in 2010.

In the months that followed, Zito came face-to-face with the destructiveness of his own ego - his need to be viewed as the best. He also came face-to-face with God and with the truth that he was loved no matter what he achieved.

In Curveball, Zito shares his story with honesty and transparency. The ups and the downs. The wins and losses. By sharing his experiences as a man who had everything except happiness, Zito offers listeners a path through adversity and toward a life defined by true success.

Photos of Zito throughout his career are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Barry Zito (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Zito Zito Zito

Being a former A's season ticket holder, I enjoyed Barry's view of his youth to making it to the big leagues, through good times and bad. I will always look back and hold dearly the great times I shared with many of my closest friends amongst the left field bleacher bums and our shared times with 'The Big Three' (Hudson, Mulder & Zito)!

Thanks Barry for bringing back some of the old memories of the fun days at the Coliseum and your journey to that other team across the Bay. Blessings to you and your family for the great times!!

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Inspiring from beginning to end

I couldn’t wait to read this book. I have been a fan of Berries Ito from the beginning of the square until the very end. With a inspiring story of determination and love of God I recommend this book to everyone.

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Forget the curveball, Zito hits a homer

I have been following Barry Zito‘s career since he came into the big leagues. It wasn’t always easy given that he played on the West Coast and living in Tennessee I rarely got to see him pitch. That all changed when he came to Nashville. I knew the tip of the iceberg of his story but this book is the entire iceberg. What an excruciating personal emotional and spiritual journey but what a profound transformation. If you are looking for a transparent biography that you can relate to on a personal level this is a must read. This is a good baseball book, but it is a great story.

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Baseball and Truth - An All Star Book

Listened to this book in only three days! It was an amazing and powerful look not only at Barry Zito’s life but also a look at each of our own lives and the decisions and choices we make. It was a true testament both to Zito’s wonderful skill as a writer and reader (as he reads his work). It was also a wonderful testimony to God’s love, His grace and His mercy. Zito knocked this one out of the park!

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Honest

Very open and honest book by Barry about his life. I enjoyed it very much.