In a 48-hour stretch in spring training, Zito told a writer from a New York newspaper that he could see himself pitching in New York before his career is over, and a writer from a Los Angeles newspaper that he could see himself pitching in Los Angeles before his career is over.
A few days later, it was suggested to Zito that he should say the same thing in every American League city this year. Zito laughed and said, "That's not a bad idea."
This weekend in Seattle, a cab driver said he picked up Zito and asked him about pitching in Seattle next year. The cab driver said Zito told him, "You never know. Maybe."
After six shutout innings Saturday, Zito was asked by a Seattle radio station about pitching at Safeco Field and Zito responded, "It's always been one of my favorite parks. I love the town, the fans and the park."
After getting shelled by the Yankees on opening night, there was still buzz in the New York papers about Zito coming to New York, including debate on if it should be Queens or the Bronx.
Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi weighed in, saying their former A's teammate would thrive on the Yankee Stadium stage.
ONE-HOPPERS: Second baseman Mark Ellis, who was hit in the wrist Friday and didn't play Saturday to keep the hot Marco Scutaro in the lineup, had a wrap on the wrist before Sunday's game but said it was fine and had three hits.