Romo Moment Number 2: The 12 Pitch At-Bat vs Jay Bruce
Romo has two iconic at-bats in his time with the Giants. This is the first of them. The Cincinnati Reds stormed out to a 2-0 lead, destroying the Giants in the only two games in San Francisco during the 2012 NLDS. The Giants barely survived game three, winning 1-0 on an infield hit in the tenth inning. Then, the Giants burst out of the coffin in game four, destroying the Reds. Up came the rubber match, the all deciding NLDS Game 5.
There are many moments that came from this game, and this series. The Pence speech, the Posey grand slam, the Angel Pagan catch. The next inning, Romo got into a deep hole. With one out, and two on, Jay Bruce came up to the plate. It took twelve pitches, with Bruce fouling off eight pitches, and turning an 0-2 hole into a 3-2 count. On pitch number twelve, Romo finally got Bruce to pop out to left field.
The battle was indicative of Romo’s fight, and incredibly mental fortitude on the mound. While being the fun and goofy guy in the clubhouse, and on T.V, Romo pitched with passion, and ultimately a chip on his shoulder. Romo’s battle here cemented what should be his legacy as a Giants. Someone who beat a lot of odds and scouting reports, and fought as hard as he could for the team he played for.