Sergio Romo on Media: “They need me more than I need them”


Sergio Romo went on KNBR this morning for his weekly radio segment. Of course, you’ll remember Sunday’s final game of the three-game series against the Dodgers when he had the bases loaded, floated a slider to A.J. Ellis, and the Giants would lose 4-1 after that bases clearing double put the game out of reach. Following the game, Romo wasn’t happy with the attention on him, as Andrew Baggarly and others recorded:

"Romo had nothing to say afterward. He dressed quickly at his locker, kept a phone pressed to his ear as he walked past a crowd of awaiting reporters, and muttered into the receiver, “Only want to talk to me when I do (poorly)? Can’t be human in this clubhouse.”"

July 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher

Buster Posey

(28, left) and relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54, right) celebrate after the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT

He spoke with Murph and Mac, and this exchange ensued:

MM: Does it matter that the media said you didn’t talk to the media after a blown save? Do you regret it?

Romo: For me personally, no I am not asked every day to give a comment, to give my perspective on the game, and, was I available that day? No. But when I’m not a priority to be spoken to everyday I’m not going to make it a priority to speak to the media everyday. I don’t have to ask them if they need something for me. They need to come up to me. If they do that on a daily basis, on a daily basis, I have twenty saves this year. I have participated and have been able to contribute to twenty wins this year. I have three wins, my record’s 3-4. How many of those twenty-three games that I’ve contributed to have I been asked for a comment for?… I will say it’s less than a handful of times. So when it comes to the media, no, I don’t mind the media. They have a job to do in order for them to do a job. They need me more than I need them. I will say that I didn’t burn any bridges, I’m not burning any bridges, I let them know how I felt at the moment, and that’s pretty much it.

I listened to that, did one of those exhale, shaking my head in disbelief actions, and understandably, there are people that haven’t taken kindly to his comments. Romo has noticed, and has no problems hitting fans where it hurts, in their fandom:

While I am not necessarily in favor of going after players, Romo’s retaliation of going hard after someone he doesn’t know is definitely not in his best interests for his image going forward. Giants fans have started to speculate in the past couple days that Sergio Romo’s value may be at its highest point, and trading him may be in the best interests of the club. His comments today may fuel that fire even more, and I’m sure the local media will notice his comments and Romo will probably get all sorts of attention today.

What do you think of Sergio Romo’s comments? Keep in mind, this attitude of his hasn’t been showcased much at all until lately, and that perception hasn’t been all that prevalent since a home run legend was walking around in the Giants clubhouse in his playing days.