The players and the fans are more than ready to play playoff baseball.
The Giants' highest paid player is not on the 25-man roster for the San Francisco Giants National League Division Series. Bruce Bochy released his official list Thursday morning and it did not include pitcher Barry Zito.
Zito said he expected this news during locker room interviews Wednesday. He said while he thinks he could contribute in the post-season, he would back up Bochy's decision 100 percent. "It's a team effort to get to this place, but we have to go with the guys now and I feel like I can help this team in the playoffs and I have experience. But I stand behind Boch. He's the skipper. I stand behind his decision," Zito said.
Zito also talked about his appearance at last Saturday's game when he allowed four runs and five hits and walked in a run during a losing battle against the Padres.
Zito earned $18.5 million this season and is in the fourth year of a seven-year $216 million contract. Zito had a tough year to say the least ending the season with a 9-14 record and a 4.15 ERA.
Here's the list which does include both Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria, who were also on the bubble. Roward is the second highest playing Giant. He has playoff experience, which the team is lacking and he has good numbers against the Braves.
Also left off the roster is right fielder Jose Guillen. Guillen was acquired from the Kansas City Royals in August. He batted .266 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 42 games for San Francisco.
Lori Preuitt was a very happy camper when she figured out her flight to Boston Thursday night and her flight home Sunday both will include TBS on DirecTV. Thank you Jet Blue!