Thursday, April 27, 2006

Another Romo post

I wonder if there are any old guys out there who will remember this Romo incident.

I was at a game one afternoon in which the starting pitcher--can't remember who he was--was pitching a great game but began to tire, so Tanner came out, spoke the pitcher for a few moments, then waved Romo in from the bullpen. The fans, not wanting Tanner to remove the starter, booed vociferously.

Romo then came in from the bullpen and just stalked back and forth on the mound without taking any warmup pitches. The ump came out, Tanner tried to talk to him--he didn't speak any English at all--and then Steve Nicosia (I think), who served as Romo's interpreter, also tried to talk to him, but nothing seemed to be working. He was obviously furious about something, but no one could figure out what was going on or communicate with him. Sitting in the stands, it was one of the oddest things I've ever seen in a ballgame. It lasted at least five minutes, maybe longer. Eventually they managed to get him settled down, and he took his warmups and finished the inning.

The story in the paper the following day said that, as best anyone could figure out, Romo thought the fans were booing Tanner for bringing him in as opposed to booing Tanner for taking the starter out, and no one could convince him otherwise.

I believe it was the following winter in which he disappeared...

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