Ricky Romero Is Back Way Too Soon
Welcome back to the big leagues, Ricky Romero. It’s a fantastic feeling to see your favourite Toronto Blue Jays player get promoted to re-join your favourite team. What could be better right? Well, a lot really as this is not really a promotion it’s a call up due to the injury of Josh Johnson. Is it me or is Ricky Romero back way too soon? Something just doesn’t feel right.
It has been little over a month since we all got the news that shocked Blue Jays Nation that sent the former ace of the club down to minors. It was not just a demotion it was a humiliating drop right down to the franchise’s single-A ball club, the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida Coast League. Ricky being Ricky humbled himself enough to accept the challenge and get back to his big-league team that he helped shape over the past four years. Nobody thought it would come this soon though, did they?
This brings me onto my main argument against the promotion of Romero, and yes I did just say against. How much can a pitcher change his mechanics in just one month? I’m certainly not doubting Ricky’s work-ethic as his dedication to the game is an inspiration to us all. But I’m pretty sure the complete re-moulding of a pitcher should take more than thirty-five days and just one start to fully fix the problems, no? Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after he demoted his former ace that the decision was to do with the mental side of pitching as well as the physical side. Does the lack in confidence just suddenly reappear after a month?
Lots of questions I know and only one way to answer them all. Friday night we will see Romero take the mound to face the 13-17 Seattle Mariners. The Blue Jays line-up will face king of the hill Felix Hernandez, who has himself a 3-2 record and 1.90 ERA. Ricky will be ready to face up to just another small challenge in his career, but the big question on everyone’s lips will be is he ready? I do not think so. Go Jays!