Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Forgotten Fan Favorites Vol. #3: Ricky Romero

"Jays starter Ricky Romero could not bring himself to hand the ball over to manager John Farrell after being pulled in the second inning on Wednesday (July 25, 2012) in Toronto."
There was a time not that many years ago when Ricky Romero represented the Toronto Blue Jays (along with Joey Bats) at an All-Star Game. It was 2011. He was having a career year. Sure, he was an injury replacement (for Jon Lester) and Larry King could not place him ("Who the hell are you?"); but he was an All-Star nonetheless and we all had high hopes for the young lefty from the mean streets of East L.A. He was named opening day starter in 2012 before the wheels started falling off..

LK to RR: "Who the hell are you?"

The short story long on Ricky Romero is that his knees blew out. Baseball doesn't always have fairytale endings. He did pitch 8 innings this year for the SF Giant's AAA affiliate in Sacramento. Not much press on him since April, however... He's only 31 years old, married a good Calgary girl who played soccer for our national team, and has earned 14.3MM USD over his short career. Don't feel too bad for him!

I'll save you some Googling : WAGS = Wives and GF's 

I choose not to look back in anger. Who knows, he could be the comeback player of the year in 2017!