The Dodgers have done it, they’ve added another ex-hated one to the Blue. Ken Rosenthal from the L.A. Times has reported the Dodgers and Sergio Romo have agreed to terms: one year and $3 million.
The 33-year-old put up a respectable 2.64 ERA in 2016, but he spent nearly half of the season on the disabled list. Before that injury-plagued season Romo was a reliable arm out of the pen. It remains to be seen how this season will pan out for the ex-Giant.
Sergio Romo was born into a family of Dodger fans. When he was a kid, he attended his first Dodgers game, Raul Mondesi slammed a home run, and Romo was hooked. He grew up to be a pitcher good enough for the majors, but as the Dodgers-Giants rivalry’s fate would have it, he was signed by the enemy.
When he invited his family to come see him pitch up in the bay, they made it known where their loyalties lay:
In his rookie season, he left tickets for them, and the whole group showed up in Dodgers gear. Romo was chatting with his blue-clad family outside the clubhouse after a game when manager Bruce Bochy and GM Brian Sabean walked past, shaking their heads. Bochy gave Romo a piece of advice: “Let ’em know if they wear the other team’s colors, it’ll be the last ticket you’ll get from me.” – Andrew Baggarly, Mercury News
Folks on Twitter have been lamenting Romo joining the Dodgers, and most of it seems to be the natural reaction to having a former Giant join the team. The Brian Wilson signing didn’t pan out too well, and Romo spent lots of time on the DL last year, so I understand the sentiment.
However, I remember Jeff Kent earning my respect when he donned Dodger blue. Kent played his butt off on both sides of the plate, and he homered in the 4-back to back home runs game to beat the Padres. It was the greatest Dodgers game I ever attended. I for one, welcome Romo to the fold, and I wish him well.
Sergio Romo is expected to be the Dodgers’ new setup man. The former Giant who once pitched from the land of the Golden Gate bridge will now be the Dodger Blue bridge to Kenley Jansen