At this juncture in his career, who knows what Barry's balls will do. Will his (curve) balls hang? Maybe they'll start to sink. Whatever they end up doing... I'm just glad his balls are back in the A's organization.
Oakland's offseason hasn't been exactly kind to this particular A's fan. They're obviously rebuilding and after last year's epic collapse, most of us saw it coming. But that doesn't change the fact that I'm a little bummed out about the whole situation.
So what does this baseball fan do to cheer himself up? Well if you're me... you reminisce. And this week's topic... in honor of Barry's return... is The Big Three.
From 2001 to 2004... Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder anchored one of baseball's best starting rotations. During those four seasons, the three had a combined record of 198-99, made five all-star appearances, three playoff appearances, and won one Cy Young Award.
It's just a shame that they never found a way to get over the hump, because the A's were so talented back then. Especially in 2001, when they featured the Other Big Three: Eric Chavez, Jason Giambi, and Miguel Tejada.
Oh well... that has sort of been the Billy Beane theme since he became the A's GM in the late 90's.
Now don't get the wrong idea... I'm not complaining. I'm sure he has something up his sleeve for the Athletics future. Let's just hope it doesn't involve Barry's balls being centerstage.
Okay it's your turn...
Who's you favorite Big Three starting rotation of all-time?
I wish I could have seen Ken Holtzman, Vida Blue, and Catfish Hunter pitch during their run in the early 70's. But that was a little before my time. At least I was fortunate enough to watch Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz dominate the 90's on TBS.
Happy Hump Day and sayonara!
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