Former teammates Tim Hudson and Barry Zito will face off on Saturday when the San Francisco Giants visit the Oakland Athletics.
The game could be the last hurrah for both pitchers. Hudson has said he'll retire after the season, while Zito pitched at the Triple-A level all season hoping for another chance in the Major Leagues.
"It's icing," Zito, 37, said. "I came to peace with the fact that Omaha was my last start. I had an inning on the Sunday game. Monday was our last game. The team threw me a little party. We had a baseball pinata in there and a champagne shower, because I was thinking this probably would be it. I never came out officially [to retire] and obviously still kind of seeing what happens. I was hanging out at home. I definitely didn't think this was going to happen. This is all bonus, like triple-bonus situation right now."
In addition to the Hudson-Zito matchup, the Athletics plan to honor Hudson, Zito and Mark Mulder, formerly their Big Three, in a pregame ceremony on Sunday.