Jul 11, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) celebrates after a 4-2 win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Bochy made good on what he said he was going to do. He named Giants closer Sergio Romo to the NL All-Star Team on Sunday afternoon. Romo is a replacement for Jordan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals. Zimmerman apparently has a sore neck so declined to pitch in the All-Star Game. This is Romo’s first time as an All-Star.
Despite a recent blown save and tiff with the media, Bochy still made Romo his guy. Romo was an important part of the 2012 World Series, stepping in (along with Santiago Casilla) to fill the big shoes of Brian Wilson. And he’s been the guy all season long. Romo has 21 saves as closer this season and a 2.86 average. He’s had 3 blown saves with a save percentage of 88%. The Giants are 28-9 when Romo plays. He may not be the best closer in baseball, but he’s pretty darn good and Bochy is right to reward him.
When asked about being an All-Star, Romo had this to say, according to Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News:
"“I’m just proud to represent my team and wear the SF colors,” he said. “It’s very special for me. I never really saw myself as making the All-Star team. To know that I’m deserving is the most gratifying thing. I didn’t really think this would happen, to be honest.”He paused and smiled. “I’m an All-Star,” he said. “That’s kind of cool.”"
He and Bochy also joked about the possibility of Romo facing last year’s Triple Crown Winner, Miguel Cabrera.
"“I might be throwing knuckleballs to him,” Romo said smiling. “You never know.”"
If you don’t know, or may have forgotten why that is funny, see video or link below. Congrats Romo on your first of many all-star appearances! It’s well deserved.