Note: Make sure to check out the contest question at the bottom of this post for your chance to win one of two awesome prize packages.
While the San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, local media happenings and everything else has kept me busy, I definitely miss covering San Francisco Giants games. One of the reasons why: the ability to saunter up to Sergio Romo in the Giants’ roomy, luxurious clubhouse after games and talk to him about the team.
The Giants not only have a very good bullpen, they have a set of relievers who are extremely quotable, with Romo at the top of the list.
In the 49ers’ far more crowded locker room, I was surprised to bump into the man who closed three series-ending games during the 2012 playoffs. Romo was carrying a football, collecting signatures and generally acting like a fan who won a contest where first prize was a behind-the-scenes experience with his favorite football team.
Here he is getting Vernon Davis’ autograph. Before asking Davis to sign, Will Tukuafu impersonated Romo’s post-save celebration, to which Romo responded, “It’s the only time I feel big, on the mound. Other than that, I know I ain’t!”
Then after Romo answered some questions about whether he’ll be the closer next year (He gave the response you’d expect: if he gets the role, he’ll be honored to close games, but he’s happy in whatever role they use him in.), I chatted with him for a few minutes.
Instead of transcribing the interview, it’s better to watch for a couple reasons. Romo’s enthusiasm is an obvious one, and it’s worth checking out his interaction with Anthony Dixon, who tells Romo he was at AT&T watching him pitch during the playoffs (Dixon phrases it a little differently). Romo asked the man they call “Boobie” which song plays on the Candlestick Park speakers before kickoffs. Then he got Dixon’s autograph.
Romo and I talked about whether Bruce Bochy has reached out to him since the season ended, how this World Series win was different than the last, Bay Area athletes from different teams representing for each other, and if Three Twins ever contacted him about their idea for “Sergio Romo’s Mexican Chocolate” ice cream, which “only tastes illegal” (they did).
So now for today’s contest question:
A lot of you listed Romo as the San Francisco Giant you’d invite to your Pizza Party/Giants DVD Marathon. Since so many 49ers also seem like they’re fans of Romo and the Giants…
Which San Francisco 49er would you invite to your house for the same Giants-themed Pizza Party?
At the end of the week we’re giving away two prize packages that include:
- A Pizza Party for 10 people from Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria (lots of free and delicious pizza)
- The “Official 2012 World Series Film,” which I reviewed here (DVD or Blu-ray, winner’s choice – $35 value)
- The 8-disc “San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series Collector’s Edition” Box Set (DVD orBlu-ray, winner’s choice – $100 value)