Zito's mother passes away at 65
San Francisco hurler shared close relationship with mom
Roberta Jean Rosser Zito, the mother of Giants left-hander Barry Zito, died Thursday in Los Angeles at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She was 65.Funeral services are pending, said a spokesperson for Zito. Zito shared a strong bond with his mother. Roberta said in a 2002 interview with MLB.com, "I would describe our relationship as very special and very different because of Barry's particular nature. His complete self-acceptance and the freedom he gives himself to just be himself has always surprised me. "[The] only thing that's changed is I just don't see him as much. But we still talk all the time, and sometimes he'll call in the middle of night just to ask for prayer. Our relationship is still very special and open. He doesn't consider me an authoritarian, but more of a friend."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.