Good Article on Sergio Romo
Ken Rosenthal wrote a good article on Sergio Romo’s journey to the Los Angeles Dodgers this off-season and the personal issues Romo has been dealing with the last few years. While the personal issues are not entirely spelled out, three of his grandparents died last year, and he went through a divorce in 2013.
After the divorce, it seems pretty clear that Romo got wild, taking advantage of the money, women and partying that come with being an elite professional athlete. Perhaps that had something to do with the Giants’ decision to let him walk this off-season?
According to wikipedia, Romo had his first child at age 22, and he likely married young as many ballplayers do. When suddenly divorced, he probably still had a lot of wild oats to sow. Romo is also either a first or second generation Mexican American, growing up in Brawley, a place that likely means his family didn’t have much money until Romo hit it big.
It can be a tremendous shock for someone coming from a poor or at least less well-to-do background to suddenly come into major league money in his 20’s. There have to be a lot people coming at you with their hands out, and the player and his family have no experience dealing with the sudden, and often not particularly long lasting, riches.
I’m not surprised that Romo has had some emotional problems the last few years. He has always come across as a sensitive guy and a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve, even if he comes across as generally very upbeat. Tears of a clown, perhaps.
I hope pitching for the Dodgers works out for him. At 34, he’s getting long in the tooth, and there is always a lot of pressure coming to play for what you consider your home-town team. His age and veteran experience will at least help on that side of things. Of course, it will most likely come down almost entirely to whether he can still snap off his sharp-breaking slider with command this coming season.