Let the record show that Sergio Romo's first pitch to a hitter since he froze Detroit's Miguel Cabrera with a fastball to end the World Series was another fastball. He threw it to Hector Sanchez during live batting practice Tuesday. Like Cabrera, Sanchez let the pitch go.
Manager Bruce Bochy said he flashed back to Romo's championship-clinching pitch and surmised a lot of other Giants, including Romo, did, too.
No, Romo said, "I've had a lot of time this offseason to reflect on what happened. Today was pretty much just trying to stay focused and being in the zone, really, just trying to show the guys that they don't have to worry about me. I'm ready."
In fact, Romo said he is a lot closer to being ready for competition than he thought he would be by now, a good sign for Mexico's team heading into the World Baseball Classic.
In a revealing discussion with reporters, Romo said that last year as he became the primary closer down the stretch and through the postseason, he experienced a metamorphosis. Rather than feeling he had to prove himself to teammates, he derived strength and confidence from the faith he sensed from them.
"The one thing I feel I did most was I trusted my teammates, their faith and confidence in me. It never wavered," the 29-year-old right-hander said. "It kind of made me feel like (they thought), 'Just give it to Romo and it's over.'
"That made me feel like a million bucks every time I got the ball. If I lacked any confidence or faith in myself, I wouldn't have been able to do that. Once I got a chance to trust them, and fully trust them, and sell out to that cause, I feel it made me that much better."
That chip that Romo always seemed to have on his shoulder when he pitched? He said his teammates' faith shrank it.


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