Could Barry Zito be preparing to stage "Alex Smith, the Sequel"?

The reaction to his shutout against the Rockies on Monday sounded eerily familiar. First baseman Aubrey Huff's gloating on Zito's behalf was almost identical to the told-you-sos from left tackle Joe Staley after his quarterback became a bona fide winner for the 49ers.

The bitter exasperation over their years of failure matched up pretty well, too. They made an unprecedented tandem in Bay Area sports, the twin albatrosses. They also maintained the same demeanor, consistently decent and professional under the most difficult circumstances.