SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After 9 seasons in San Francisco and three World Collection championships, former Giants pitcher and present Los Angeles Dodger Sergio Romo stated he’s enthusiastic about what he calls a homecoming as the groups renew the storied rivalry.
Romo acknowledged that whereas coming again to AT&T Park as a member of the hated rivals is considerably awkward, he anticipates the preliminary fan response shall be constructive. “However I wouldn’t be stunned both that I get a fast reminder that I’m sporting the opposite colours now.”
When the Main League Baseball 2017 season schedule was launched, Romo stated he instantly marked his calendar for April twenty fourth.
“It issues lots to me to be right here, and it doesn’t actually matter that I’m sporting a unique jersey,” stated Romo. “It’s assume simply the thrill due to the historical past and the way appreciative I’m of getting the chance to have the ability to have referred to as this residence at one level … For me, it’s a homecoming. It actually, actually is.”
A free agent after the 2016 season, Romo signed a one-yr cope with the Dodgers after the Giants declined to supply him a contract. Romo rooted for the Dodgers as a toddler rising up within the Imperial County metropolis of Brawley, close to the Mexico border and sometimes recounted how disillusioned his grandfather was after he signed with the Giants.
Romo stated strolling into AT&T Monday park crammed him with pleasure for a lot of causes, past the truth that he’s “enjoying in an superior stadium.”
“I get to see a variety of previous buddies … a variety of guys I went to battle with, so to talk,” he stated. “I imply, that is the beginning of my profession, the place I made a reputation for myself. I imply, that is the start for me. So I used to be excited simply to be within the environment, simply to be within the space, simply to be within the metropolis.”
Romo stated he was even compelled to move by his favourite restaurant within the metropolis, La Taqueria within the Mission District, although he knew it was closed Monday. He famous he would return once more on Tuesday.
As a member of the so-referred to as Core 4 of the Giants pitching employees together with Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez, Romo gained three World Collection titles in 2010, 2012, and 2014, transitioning from a setup reliever to a better. His strikeout of Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera to complete the sweep of the Tigers within the 2012 World Collection is among the franchise’s iconic moments.
Romo ultimately ended up relinquishing his nearer’s position to Casilla, however he stays fifth…