Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/9/13
Blue Jays lefthander Ricky Romero is a sensitive man and is not afraid to share his feelings. It’s a “this century” thing. Recall in the spring of 2011 when he was named as the Jays’ opening day starter following the departure in consecutive off-seasons of Roy Halladay and then Shaun Marcum Romero revealed his history of fighting through the adversity of having GM J.P. Ricciardi show him a public lack of support and how it affected him. He used that perceived disrespect to fuel his fire. In Romero’s fourth pro season in 2008 while he was still toiling at Double-A New Hampshire despite being a college hero Ricciardi told Sports Illustrated in an interview that he had regrets that he had not selected shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in June 2005 instead choosing Romero with the sixth overall pick. The Rockies chose Tulowitzki seventh. Romero had been hurt by the tone of the Ricciardi interview and admitted to keeping the ripped-out page tacked up in his locker as motivation out in the woods of Manchester NH. Given that glimpse of Ricky’s sensitive inner self it would be easy to understand the Los Angeles native feeling similar emotions about current general manager Alex Anthopoulos after this summer of his discontent.
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