The former A’s and Giants pitcher has written a book detailing his rise and fall as a baseball pitcher and his discovery of religion. “Curveball” will be published Sept. 17 by Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Zito co-wrote it with Robert Noland. Zito, who turns 41 on Monday, was a three-time All-Star with Oakland and the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner after he went 23-5. He went 102-63 in seven seasons with Oakland, then signed a $126 million, seven-year contract with San Francisco after the 2006 season and was 63-80 for the Giants. He became more religious during the time of his mound struggles. Zito returned to the A’s for three games in 2015, then retired with a 165-143 record. He has pursued a career as a country acoustic guitar artist.
The NASCAR driver acknowledged covering up depression “for many years” before breaking down in tears during a media session ahead of Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway. Wallace, 25, has struggled in his second full season at NASCAR’s top level, his best outing being a 17th-place finish at Martinsville. Wallace was talking about the challenges facing the team Friday when he said, “You try to be the best you can and sometimes it ain’t damn good enough.” He later said he has experienced “depression and everything with it.” At that point, Wallace said “I’m on the verge of breaking down. And I am what I am.” He then buried his face in his hands and wept.
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