Sergio Romo left tickets for his family to see him during his rookie season with the San Francisco Giants. The family appeared decked out in Dodger blue. Giants Manager Bruce Bochy and General Manager Brian Sabean saw them and told Romo if it happens again that’ll be the last time they receive tickets.
Now, Romo’s entourage shouldn’t have a hard time showing up in Dodgers gear.
Romo is returning home, signing a one-year deal with his childhood team. The above story, initially told by the Mercury News in 2010, illustrated the love Romo’s family has for their Dodgers. In fact, Romo took a discount to go to his former employer’s arch enemy. The Tampa Bay Rays reportedly offered more money.
romo agrees to dodgers deal. $3M plus incentives. he took significantly less to do LA deal.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 6, 2017
The Mercury reporter asked Romo if he dreamed of being a Dodger. His response was he wanted to face them.
“I was a Dodger fan, but my dream was to play against them,” Romo said. “In video games, I’d put myself on the Padres. I didn’t choose the Giants, for obvious reasons. The Padres were more neutral … Maybe I’d rather face the Dodgers because that way, I can still see them. I can still be a fan, in a sense.” A fan with the best view in the ravine.”
Sergio Romo sobre posibilidades de ser un Dodger: Es el equipo que seguía siendo niño pic.twitter.com/irnOq9l64g
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) February 4, 2017
Romo received his chance to oppose L.A. – and won three championships in the process. Andrew Friedman often references building a culture. An energetic, passionate, experienced Romo may well fit his criteria.
The Dodgers’ bullpen was a strength of the team last season. A healthy Romo could boost one of the NL’s best units. And add more fire to the Dodgers-Giants rivalry in the process.