When Sergio Romo left for the World Baseball Classic, it was made very evident that San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn’t want Romo pitching two straight days. With Romo’s Mexican team needing a win, Romo was forced to pitch his second straight day when Mexico beat the United States. If I was Bochy, I would be very upset about that development because the Giants need Romo in the regular season. I can understand Romo wanting to help his country advance in the tournament though and I think it was the right move to see Romo out there for a second straight day.
This tournament is going to take a toll on a lot of MLB players who play in it and who knows how good they will be this season after going from spring training to pressure games back to spring training before the regular season starts. Romo though has shown over his five-year career that he is one of the most dominant relievers in the entire league. This workload is probably nothing new with how the Caribbean Series is played so if Romo wants to throw as much as possible so Mexico wins, that’s his decision.
I think that teams get too involved in making their players do one thing or another. If Romo or any other major league player wants to play for their country, there should be no discussion about it. There should be something to playing for your home nation and the pride across the front of that uniform. I think Romo will be just fine and is going to go right back to dominating hitters when the 2013 season starts for the Giants.