Now THIS is what we are talking about. Local kid from Brawley, California born to Mexican parents makes it big on the national (and global) stage. Such is the case of Sergio Romo, the closer for the San Francisco Giants, who is become the new cult favorite among baseball fans. The 29-year-old Romo is having an amazing postseason so far (did you see that slider he pitched in Game 2?), and with the Giants up 2-0 in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers, you can imagine how giddy Giants fans are getting.
Romo, who grew up a Dodger fan (we think Giants fans have forgiven him), is the perfect example of the new Latino sport star. Bilingual. Bicultural. Authentic. Chicano proud. A true Latino Rebel. Like the local paper from the Imperial Valley said, "With the bushy beard, the intense eyes and the wild celebrations upon closing games, Romo, the Wildcat from BUHS, has become something of an international star. But in our eyes, he is a young man from Brawley about whom we all in the Imperial Valley are terribly proud." We agree.
What do we REALLY like about Romo? Just like his bearded teammate Brian Wilson, it is wonderful to see a ballplayer just being himself, but never forgetting the journey that got him to where he is. Last night we posted a Romo pic on our Facebook page. Our community agrees: Romo is the real deal. Here were two comments that resonated with us:
MY FAMILIA IS FROM BROLE, CA. AND MY TIOS WERE TROKEROS IN BROLE ARAUJO TRUCKING A FEW OTHERS.HAVE ALOT OF FAMILY THERE. ROMO IS A TRUE CHICANO AND CLOSING PITCHER.LOVE THAT BEARD.
The SF Giants are an organization that welcomes US Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean ball players, "peloteros." I applaud the Giant's support for Latino players who have helped lead the team to 2 World Series
So, Sergio, keep on representing.
And if you don't think Romo is not a humble kid who doesn't forget where he comes from, watch this.
For those who want to follow Sergio on Twitter, check him out at @SergioRomo54. And yeah, Sergio, just keep being yourself.