There’s not much left for the Athletics and Giants to play for in 2015, so this Saturday will be a celebration of the early-2000s at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum.
A’s manager Bob Melvin confirmed Tuesday that left-hander Barry Zito will start against Giants right-hander Tim Hudson on Saturday afternoon. The two were teammates in Oakland from 2000-2004 and were major players on the 2002 team that served as the primary subject of Michael Lewis’ famous book Moneyball.
Mark Mulder is also going to be in attendance.
This will be Zito’s first start at the major league level since 2013. The 37-year-old southpaw was called up from Triple-A Nashville last week after posting a 3.46 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 91/60 K/BB ratio across 138 innings (24 starts) this season in the Pacific Coast League.
Hudson, 40, has said he will retire after the 2015 campaign.
Zito will likely call it quits too.
This is going to be pretty cool.