Mexico manager Rick Renteria tried to make a little joke when asked if Sergio Romo would be available for Friday's game against the United States.
"As Bochy says all the time, 'All hands on deck,' " Renteria said, borrowing a phrase from Romo's regular manager.
I have a feeling that Bruce Bochy might have been saying something else on Thursday afternoon while he watched his closer get rocked in the ninth inning of Mexico's World Baseball Classic Opener. Something we couldn't print in a family newspaper.
The last time Romo took the mound to save a game that mattered, he ended it by striking out one of the most feared hitters in the game, blowing his fastball right past the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera in Game 4 of the World Series.
Eighteen weeks later, Romo got hit hard before giving up a two-run double to Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs first baseman, and was tagged with a 6-5 loss to Italy.
And in the process, Romo became Exhibit A for why the World Baseball Classic is not considered a great idea among the people who are responsible for winning Major League Baseball games.
Thursday's game at Salt River Fields, the spring training facility of the Diamondbacks and Rockies, was a lazy March afternoon at the ballpark. Italy and Mexico plodded along. None of the players looked like they were particularly at the top of their games. The fans cheered and waved their flags, but aside from that - and the fact that the game started with three national anthems - it felt pretty much like a spring training game.


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