• Curveball

  • How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortune and Fame
  • By: Barry Zito, Robert Noland
  • Narrated by: Barry Zito
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The painfully honest and personal story of one of baseball’s most intriguing players.

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.

Despite achieving the kind of fame and fortune that most people only dream about, Barry Zito was plagued by both internal forces and external circumstances that robbed him of any sense of peace - until he finally found a purpose worth living for.

Barry explores the twists and turns of his own journey, including:

  • his dad’s constant push and pursuit for excellence, which translated into a toxic father-son relationship,
  • how achieving superstardom in the Major Leagues created crippling fear,
  • the personal destruction brought on by fame and fortune,
  • and the disastrous seasons with the San Francisco Giants, including being benched for the 2010 playoffs and World Series.

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

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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The Seeker

Barry Zito is a former MLB pitcher. His book is about his struggles with his co-dependency, created in large part by his do-it-my-way father. Barry attempted to heal by partying and reading tons of self-help and spiritual books. He settles on Christianity as his one true salvation.
Reading this book reminded me of 2 songs- The Seeker by the Who and the Year of the Guru by Eric Burdon. Barry just never ever "gets it". He always looks to others as a co-dependent. Even Christianity seems to be just the current salvation.
It is sad and demonstrates how difficult it is for people to break out of their co dependency.

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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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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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Hey Z!

Barry Zito's story and walk through his mindset is inspiring. From finding his wife and ultimately Jesus , the author and perfector of our faith. I was impressed and enjoyed the story from cover to cover as a baseball fan and a disciple of Jesus!

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Great Writing

This book was very well written. I enjoyed it very much because Zito writes out of his lofe instead of selecting the best memories . This is a great read and all sports fans will love it

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Engagingly Hopeful

Thank you for writing this book Barry. It is full of hope and powerfully exhibits grace.

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Phenomenal!!

An honest look at the path to the big leagues, making it big, and the pressure and heartache that almost always follows the money and fame. Incredible story of redemption - a story we can all have.

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Vulnerable and powerful

I have read a lot of books in my day and I can honestly say this was the best book I have ever read. Barry Zito does not hold back in sharing the raw truth of his up and down journey as a professional athlete. This book encouraged me to reflect on my own spiritual path. It empowered me to continually remind myself of what really matters and to stay true to my path. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a captivating and inspiring story.

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Baseball + Faith equals this great book

This book mixes baseball and life into one incredible read. Barry Zito mixes his real life struggles, career highs and lows and delivers a truly memorable memoir.

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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.