AT&T Park — As Sergio Romo sat in the unfamiliar visitor’s dugout at his former longtime home, the three-time World Series winner with the San Francisco Giants wore a big grin on his face.
“I’m hoping it will be great,” the now-Los Angeles Dodgers reliever said when asked what kind of greeting he expected from the crowd at AT&T Park.
“I’m hoping at least initially I get a, ‘I’m happy to see you type thing,’” Romo added. “But I wouldn’t be surprised either if I got a quick reminder that I’m wearing the other colors now. It’s not that I’m not longer on their side, but I’m technically no longer on there side.”
“So, for me, it’s going to be weird. It’s going to be different.”
Romo, who spent time during batting practice talking with teammates like Buster Posey and who had an extended talk his old manager Bruce Bochy, has had Monday night’s game circled on this calendar ever since signing with the Dodgers in mid-February.
“That was probably the second thing I did,” Romo said, explaining that he called his dad first to let him know he was signing with his hometown club.
“I looked right away. Why? Because it mattered to me,” Romo said. “It matters a lot to me to be here.”
—Asked about sidelined ex-teammate Madison Bumgarner, Romo admitted that he was “saddened” by the ace’s injury but also “surprised” that he’d put himself at risk by riding his dirt bike in season.”