Barry Zito pitches, plays guitar for Savannah Bananas


Barry Zito and his long locks of hair were back on the mound this weekend, as the former A’s and Giants southpaw pitched an inning for the Savannah Bananas, before bringing a guitar out to the third-base coach’s box and crooning some tunes.

The Bananas remain the best show in baseball and gave Zito a grand introduction before he left the dugout on Saturday night.

Zito is just the latest former big leaguer to make a cameo for the Bananas, an independent baseball team which has its own set of rules and is half theater/half sport. Former A’s outfielder Josh Reddick also played a game with the Bananas last year.

Zito spent the first seven years of his MLB career in Oakland, winning the 2002 American League Cy Young award as part of “The Big Three” with Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder. He signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Giants that was widely panned, but won two rings with San Francisco. The southpaw made three more appearances with Oakland in 2015 before retiring.

Throughout his career, Zito was known to strum the guitar in the clubhouse. He now performs as a musician and produces music under the moniker Drake Holloway. After his pitching appearance, Zito brought a guitar out to the field and was mic’d up for a baseball ballad.

The Bananas are going on a barnstorming tour this summer, but their games in San Jose (July 25), Fresno (July 27) and Sacramento (July 29) are sold out.

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