With the signing of reliever J.C. Romero on Tuesday, the Ducks got themselves more than just another lefty arm for the bullpen. They also bought a lefty hand with a World Series ring on it. Romero, 39, pitched on the Philadelphia Phillies' 2008 World Series champion team, earning the series-clinching victory in Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The native of Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, also won Game 3 and held the Rays scoreless in 42/3 innings over four appearances.
Romero spent parts of five seasons with the Phillies from 2007-11. Over his 14-year major-league career, Romero was 34-28 with a 4.16 ERA. He was drafted by the Twins in 1997 and spent seven seasons in Minnesota, parts of which he played with Ducks bench coach/centerfielder Lew Ford.
Romero also played for the Angels, Red Sox, Rockies and Cardinals, and last appeared in a major-league game in 2012 with the Orioles.
Romero missed last season with a shoulder injury. He began this season in the Mexican League.
Who was the best hitter that you faced in the majors?There were a lot of good hitters. I had some good battles. I come from a generation where I faced Ken Griffey Jr., A-Rod, John Olerud, Roberto Alomar, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams . . . It was something that I'll never forget. For me to pick one person is unfair.
Do you have a favorite memory from the World Series run with the Phillies?
Everything was good, from beginning to end. What was more special for me was (coming from seven games back in September to win the NL East) in 2007. I have a great memory of when we came out on top on that last day of the season and the Mets had that bad stretch at the end of September. Of course, the World Series is something that you dream of and we achieved it.
How do you think you can help the Ducks?
Talent will get you so far, but to win, you have to have the right attitude, the right mindset, and you have to understand that the team that has the best team on paper or the most amount of talent, doesn't always win. We have a guy like [manager] Kevin Baez that has been a winner throughout his career and knows what it takes.
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