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Ex-SF Giants pitcher on becoming an analyst: ‘I’ve had to tippy toe a little bit’


SONOMA – Former San Francisco Giants reliever Sergio Romo habitually watched pre-and post-game shows during his 15-year MLB career.

“Not that I cared what they said, but I cared what they said or how they said it,” Romo said Sunday before the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, where he drove the pace car for the NASCAR Cup Series event. “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it, that type of thing.”

Now that Romo is an analyst for some Giants pre-and post-game shows on NBC Sports Bay Area, he is fully aware that not every honest take he has will be warmly received inside the team’s clubhouse, which still has several friends.

Romo, though, says his existing relationships with those players help smooth over any hard feelings they may have over something that was said on air. Romo spent nine seasons with the Giants from 2008 to 2016, winning three World Series titles, and spent some time with the team in spring training last year.

“I’ve had conversations, through texts or phone calls with players this season, and I’ve let them know that, ‘Hey, this is what I thought. I know I said this air, and … I meant what I said. But there was also this, this, and this,” Romo said. “I think there’s a fine line. We want to respect the players, and you want to respect the guys in the gauntlet because it’s not easy. It’s not easy at all.

“But being on the other side and having to speak about it, I’ve had to tippy toe a little bit up to this point. It’s something new, also. But these guys are my friends, too. I played with some of these guys; I’m still not that far removed. So being able to speak to them and tell them honestly how I feel on a personal level means a lot because then they know that when I go on on air, they know that I’m going to do what I can, to be honest, but at the same time, I’m not going to try to bury anybody.

“And if I do have something more serious to say, I feel privileged to be able to say that I can text these men and call them and have those conversations on a friend level.”

The Giants entered Sunday at 32-33 and in third place in the National League West. Romo feels the Giants can go on a run once they figure out their identity. He said younger players like Heliot Ramos and Patrick Bailey are starting to establish themselves, and older vets like Logan Webb and Mike Yastrzemski are finding a groove.

“It’s not surprising that the team has shown glimpses of greatness because they have the tools to be a very, very solid team,” Romo said, “a very competitive team.”

Romo, 41, officially retired with the Giants before the start of the 2023 season after appearing in a Bay Bridge Series game at Oracle Park on March 27 of last year. He said he has …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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