Sergio Romo will get a hero’s send-off when the Giants host the A’s in next week’s spring training finale at Oracle Park in San Francisco.
Romo signed a ceremonial contract with the Giants this weekend and has been back in camp hanging out with the guys as he gets set to retire following a 15-year MLB career.
The 40-year-old posted a 7.50 ERA in 23 appearances with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays last year, after appearing in 66 games with the A’s in 2021. But Romo will always be beloved by Giants fans for his fun-loving personality and helping the team win three titles in the 2010s.
In all, Romo spent his first nine seasons in San Francisco, from 2008-2016. His hug with Buster Posey after striking out Miguel Cabrera to win the 2012 World Series is an all-time moment in Giants lore.
According to Evan Webeck of the Bay Area News Group, Romo’s agent recently reached out to the Giants to see if they’d be willing to host Romo for a ceremonial first pitch. But Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi got more creative and asked Romo if he’d still be able to whip that slider in during a preseason matchup.
During an appearance with NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday, Romo said he’s still got his killer slidepiece.
“I’ve experimented the last couple days, flipping a couple in there, but it’s still a hard left,” Romo said. “I’m feeling really good. I’m feeling extremely blessed right now. … For those that feel that I actually deserve something like this, the opportunity to close the door where I began, it’s extremely humbling.”
Now Romo is set to appear in next Monday’s exhibition of the Bay Bridge Series in front of family, friends and fans in San Francisco.