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With San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy retiring at the end of the 2019 season, his former reliever Sergio Romo reportedly decided to get him a retirement gift.
The 36-year-old Romo is now a member of the Miami Marlins, and gave his old manager a bottle of Don Julio 1942 tequila during the Giants-Marlins series earlier this week, according to MLB.com.
“I went over there before [Tuesday’s] game,” Romo told MLB.com on Wednesday. “I went over there and said, ‘What’s up?’ I had a gift for him. I gave him a token of appreciation for the faith and trust that he had in me for all those years. I feel I can count the amount of people that have taken a chance on me in my life on two hands, and he’s on that.”
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Romo was an instrumental to the Giants winning three titles between 2010-2014. In 2012, he didn’t give up an earned run until the middle of May, and pitched the final inning of Game 4 the team’s World Series sweep over the Detroit Tigers.
The relief pitcher left the team at the end of the 2016 season and had brief stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays before joining the Marlins.
Bochy was happy to catch up with Romo and fondly recalled the reliever’s time in San Francisco.
“I talked to him. He came by. I had a nice talk with him,” Bochy said. “It was great to see him. Happy he’s still doing well. … I’ll never forget what he did for us in the bullpen and the good times we’ve had.”
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