SAN DIEGO -- Sergio Romo was named to his first All-Star team on Sunday, and manager Bruce Bochy might have just the spot for him. If the timing is right, Romo could be called upon to face Miguel Cabrera, a Triple Crown winner who could do nothing but watch as Romo fired a fastball across the plate to clinch the World Series.
"I might be throwing knuckleballs to him," Romo said smiling. "You never know."
Romo doesn't care when or in what situation he is used. He was emotional Sunday when describing this moment, saying it was surreal to think he would be standing in the opposite bullpen from the likes of Mariano Rivera.
"To be honest, I still feel like I weaseled my way into the big leagues," he said. "I feel spoiled. I've seen four no-hitters, two World Series, two parades. I've got two World Series rings with my name on it.
"It means a lot, really, just to know my name is tied to the guys on this team. It definitely feels good to be considered."
Romo will take his dad and his oldest son, Rilen. They'll be a long way from Brawley, where Romo grew up, but the closer certainly belongs. He has 21 saves in his first full season as a closer and carries a 2.86 ERA into the final game of the first half. Romo was instrumental in the Giants' run to a title last year, taking over down the stretch for a team that lost Brian Wilson to Tommy John surgery.
"I'm happy for Sergio and was excited to be able to tell him about this," Bochy said. "What he did last year, I'm not going to lie, that had something to do with it. He's had a real nice first half."
Romo will join Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro and Madison Bumgarner in New York.
"I'm just proud to represent my team and wear the SF colors," he said. "It's very special for me. I never really saw myself as making the All-Star team. To know that I'm deserving is the most gratifying thing. I didn't really think this would happen, to be honest."
He paused and smiled. "I'm an All-Star," he said. "That's kind of cool."