Three-time World Series champion Sergio Romo rode off into retirement Monday night, taking the mound for one last time as a Giant.
Romo, 40, entered Monday night’s spring training game at Oracle Park in the seventh inning to a raucous crowd of 30,254 fans. Although he didn’t record an out, Romo’s final act as a Major League Baseball player was full of emotion.
Hunter Pence, Romo’s former teammate, made a surprise mound visit to remove Romo from the game. Romo looked visibly stunned when Pence emerged from the dugout.
The crowd initially was disappointed that the Giants were removing Romo, but Pence egged them on to give him a proper send-off. They quickly responded to show the two Forever Giants love.
Romo spent nine of his 15 seasons with the Giants. He is fifth in all-time games in franchise history and recorded 84 saves as part of the “Core Four.”