SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Sergio Romo cruised past friends in his charcoal gray used 1993 Ford Thunderbird as a high school senior in Brawley, Calif., he beamed with pride. It was not the flashiest of rides, but it was his first car, and he was proud to have earned it.
"My dad's always made me earn everything I've had," Romo said. "I've had to work for it."
He had to maintain the car himself and gas it up, too. And if he wanted to drive it, he had to keep his grades up. As you might expect, the experience taught him a thing or two about work ethic. Now a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Romo is grateful for the lessons.
Much like that first car, Romo now takes great pride in working tirelessly to maintain the reputation he's earned as one of baseball's premier relief specialists.
"I feel that I've built a pretty decent name for myself in the game," Romo said. "I want to keep progressing that. I don't want to be a one-hit wonder. I want to prove to everyone that I can...