Hipster pitcher gives up home run to be ironic

San Francisco Giants pitcher and noted hipster Barry Zito surrendered a home run in his latest appearance — a loss — for irony, he says."There's so much emphasis in our sport, in the culture of baseball, on getting batters out," said Zito. "At least that is the pressure they put on pitchers. And I try to push back against that by giving up a lot of hits. And a lot of runs. And home runs. I do it to be ironic." Zito says many people don't quite get his point of view — primarily his teammates, coaches, Giants fans and the team's general manager who signed him to a huge contract. "If they don't get what I'm doing, they need to open their minds, man. The statement I'm making is bigger than wins or losses. Okay, maybe not losses. But definitely wins."


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