It honestly shouldn’t be a surprise that this is the number one Sergio Romo moment. It’s the only moment we have where a strikeout of his clinched a World Series win.
There were so many factors behind this pitch, this strikeout. The Giants were written off by virtually every national media outlet. The Tigers were the darlings of the media in 2012. Prince Fielder, The Triple Crown Winner in Miguel Cabrera. Then you had Justin Verlander and that pitching staff. The Giants absolutely destroyed the Tigers in that series.
Their pitchers were better, the bats were better, the small game they played to perfection, and then their defense was incredible. The Giants blew them out of the water. But all of that, was wrapped up into one at-bat
In Game 4, with the Giants on the verge of a sweep, the Tigers felt like a win would get them back into. They had fought so hard to stay in the game. They effectively did, getting it into extra innings thanks to a Miggy blast. After Marco Scutaro singled home Ryan Theriot in the top of the tenth inning, the Giants had a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
With two outs, up came the triple crown winner, stepping into the box against a 5’10”, scrappy little pitcher, who had a fastball that could barely top out at 90. Romo threw him five straight sliders, and Miggy was finally starting to catch on. In a 2-2 count, Romo decided to throw an 89 mph fastball right down the pipe. Cabrera was stunned and was still standing in the box, waiting for a slider that wasn’t coming after Posey and Romo had already embraced in their signature “Buster-Hug”.
That at bat summed up not only the Giants of 2012, but the life and career of Sergio. A late round draft pick making it to the pros isn’t entirely un-heard of. Winning three rings and being a significant part of a dynasty is unheard of. A pitch that can in no other way be described as ballsy, was the essence of Romo. He kept going with his best, and trusted in his abilities to get the job done.
Here it is, our favorite Romo Moment, the final out of the 2012 World Series:
Thank You Sergio!
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