Barry Zito dominated the 2002 season with a 23-5 record, earning himself the American League Cy Young Award. In the ensuing seasons, he's had his ups and downs, including a shocking 15-2 defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees on Opening Day of 2006 where he gave up 7 runs in an inning and a third. Yet, in his last two starts, he's returned to the Barry Zito of old, pitching masterfully.
The main difference? Well, it's his mane difference. With short hair, Barry cannot be defeated. When the hair takes over, he is the anti-Samson, stripped of his power. This is investigated in this week's ANtics, "A Tale of Two Zitos".