Zito takes out ad thanking Giants fans

Zito takes out ad thanking Giants fans

Zito takes out ad thanking Giants fans

Barry Zito gave one more hat tip to Giants fans on Monday, taking out a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle to thank fans for their support during his seven-year tenure with the Giants.

The ad features "Let's go Giants" three times before Zito writes:

"These words will live with me forever. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you, the dedicated fans of San Francisco and the fire in your hearts for Giants baseball. …

"It has been an experience that has shaped the lens that I will see life through for the rest of my time. I feel so very blessed to have been part of it all.

"Thank you San Francisco."

Zito inked a seven-year, $126 million deal with San Francisco before the 2007 season. The contract includes an $18 million club option for 2014, but the Giants are expected to buy it out for $7 million.

The 35-year-old mostly struggled in San Francisco -- going 63-80 with a 4.62 ERA in seven seasons -- but he was a part of two World Series-winning teams.

Zito was especially instrumental during the 2012 title run, going going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three postseason starts -- including tossing 7 2/3 shutout innings in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.