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Photo of the Day: Sergio Romo looked good at the Giants victory parade

Nov 1, 2012, 6:25 AM EDT

The Giants had their World Series victory parade in San Francisco yesterday afternoon. Like the one in 2010, it was festive and well-attended. The details, if you care about such things, are here.

And of course, no Giants victory parade is complete without the quirky closer doing something quirky or provocative. In 2010 it was Brian Wilson doing Brian Wilson things. Yesterday it was Sergio Romo — the son of Mexican immigrants — wearing this:

source: Getty Images

According to the Merc, Wicky Tees, the small t-shirt company which makes them saw a big bump in orders yesterday after Romo sported it.

  1. historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    This kid cracks me up. I like him — even though he beat us.

    • philsieg - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      How can you not? He beat my Reds, too, but I’m a big fan – the infectious smile, the dugout photobombs, the wonderful socks, and his own version of Gangnam Style every time he closes one out. Baseball needs personalities, and he certainly is one.

      • cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        All without being a massive, over-the-top caricature (I’m lookin’ at YOU Wilson). Kid’s alright.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        Don’t forget the awesome Dodgers-Giants backstory.

        I have definitely become a Romomaniac — or whatever tag his fans invented.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        He also does his social satire with a wink and a smile. How do you not love that?

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Yeah…me too Philiac. His little arms crossed three hop save celebration used to grate on my nerves.
      Then I heard him interviewed a few times. I like the kid. Love the shirt as well. Great stuff.

    • ajcardsfan - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      I’m not sure what his fan’s have been using, but I think #Romosexual would be great, I’d use it if I had twitter

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        I dig that. Mark me down.

    • dickclydesdale - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Sergio Romo is an idiot! He is 29 & acts like a teenager. No doubt he is laced up on cocaine at the parade. Wat to insult the hispanic population Romo.

  2. richwizl - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    He definitely looks a bit strange, but he got game.

  3. loungefly74 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    awesome. glad the kid is living the dream…

  4. skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    If he is here legally and no criminal, no problem. Congrats.

    • philsieg - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      His grandparents came here legally. His parents were born American citizens, as was he. You, on the other hand, apparently were born a citizen of Jerktopia. How’s that citizenship workin’ out for ya?

      • skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        Actually, my grandparents came here through Ellis Island in 1905, with $3 in his pocket. They came from Ireland. They worked hard to make a life for us. So it has worked out for me too.

        Other than that, stick your comment where the sun don’t shine, you jerkoff.

      • philsieg - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        I’ll do that, skids, right after you stick yours.

      • skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Great comeback, Phil.

      • philsieg - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        You can make a great comeback too, skids. It’s called an apology.

      • skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        You started it.

      • philsieg - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        Hardly. The time stamp on you post precedes mine by over an hour. Please don’t pretend you comment was innocent.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      You are aware, of course, that the first settlements in our country were Spanish, correct? Go ahead — name me all the cities back east older than Santa Fe. I’ll wait.

      I couldn’t let that one slide. Sorry. You’re making your fellow Irish look bad.

      • skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        St. Augustine in Florida is actually the oldest. That OK for a start. But actually the Native Americans were before the Spanish too.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        St. Augustine is Spanish too. Still waiting…

      • skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        My point exactly, knothead. St. Augustine is Spanish. Other than that, I don’t worry about what is older than Santa Fe. So you can keep waiting all day, who cares. Stupid argument.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        Or, you can pout. The point is that it’s foolish to suggest someone might not be a citizen or legal resident because they are Hispanic. Some Hispanic families have been here longer than Anglos — and a number of Texans (and others in the SW) are descended from illegal Anglo immigrants.

        And, I didn’t even touch the fact that you raised the criminal issue.

      • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

        Official motto of the Irish: “Is this a private fight or can anyone join?”

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        If you ask to join, you must not be Irish, Gator. Just throw in.

      • richwizl - Nov 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

        I believe St. Augustine, FL is the oldest city in the USA, right on the Eastern seaboard, settled by Spain.

  5. alexo0 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Though he did take Brian Wilson’s job…

    • chill1184 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM

  6. indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    I love, lovel, love the t-shirt. I might get me one too. It works on so many levels.

    • cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      If I wore one of those shirts and wore that hat (sweet, sweet hat he’s got there . . . and the shades: the shades rock) would I be an ironic hipster or just trying too hard?

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        That’s a rhetorical question, isn’t it?

      • cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        Yeah, totally rhetorical…what does rhetorical mean? Anyhow, I ordered me one of these…

        http://media.kickz.com/en/media/images/p/600/addict-VADERS_SHIELD_t_shirt-black-1.jpg

        I plan to wear it next time I have to answer the door to religious nuts. I’m joining the NZ Jedi Church by the way. Can’t get more hipster than THAT. . . I think. Actually I’m not really sure what being a hipster really entails but I don’t care enough about it to go look it up. I think that’s some irony right there. Or something.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        Papers, please.

      • cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        Sorry. Can’t. Dog’s using them.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        Awesome t-shirt. Let me know when you become an actual Jedi. I can’t wait to tell people I know an honest to goodness Jedi.

        I’ve never been nor cared to be hip enough to be a hipster, so you’re asking the wrong person. I just like what I like.

        I did order Romo’s shirt. I’m going to enjoy the double takes.

      • 4d3fect - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Yes.

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      I am also picking up a T-Shirt Inda. Can’t wait till’ it arrives. My buddies are alwasy cracking on me for “looking Mexican.” Not Spanish mind you…but Mexican.
      Jose, Chico, Juan, Sergio…I have been called all of them.
      Hell…I once worked with a guy for 3 full years till’ he realized I was a white dude.
      And HE was 2/3 Native American! Unreal.
      Anywho…love the T-Shirt…and it can’t get here fast enough!

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        I should get one for my best friend who is Swedish.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:43 PM

        Awesome! I can’t wait for mine to get here either. HBT should get some sort of kickback for this story.

      • Old Gator - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        Some day, I hope to see a security camera capture film of a bank robber wearing that shirt.

  7. chill1184 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    From the interviews I’ve read about the guy, he sounds like a great person. It’s hard to hate the guy. Also it took until the second comment on the Mercury News article for someone to scream “he hatez amerika!” Thats got to be a record.

  8. kiwicricket - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Girls have been wearing shirts like that in bars for nearly a decade in NZ and AUS. Drinking age is 18.

    My moral compass does not permit me to write any further comments…

    • cur68 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      I am stunned to hear you have a compass. Stunned I tell you.

    • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      You know us Americans, always behind the curve. Do NZ and AUS have issues with illegal immimgration?

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        Um, I think that’s a reference to a different kind of legality…yeeeaaahhhh….

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        Ya think, ‘philliac?

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        *You* asked about immigration. lol

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Yeah. I was wondering if the shirt would work over there on as many levels as it would here in the US. A young looking Latina with a mackin’ body in a bar wearing that shirt in the US would have several layers of meaning.

      • skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        They wouldn’t let Mike Tyson in.

      • kiwicricket - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:45 AM

        No nuclear powered boats/anything and no Mike Tyson’s allowed. Problems with South East Asian illegal immigrants, but they tend to work hort/agricultural jobs which benefit the nation and economy, so what the hell, go nuts. Population is blowing out of control, slipped over 4million a few years back! Reducing sheep:human ratio.

        I know with AUS, illegal immigration is becoming a major sticking point. But there seems to be quite a few avenues open to migrant workers willing to work jobs the locals are not keen on/too lazy to do.

        Unfortunate people get the wrong end of the stick, or fail to view both sides of the story. AUS, NZ USA, France…it doesn’t matter. Half the fruit and vegetables would rot if it wasn’t for illegal/semi illegals doing the field work, simple because the locals are too lazy or feel above that work.
        The wine and Citrus industry in California would implode if it wasn’t for illegal/semi illegals picking fruit and packing. Basically survives because of them. Weird.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        It would help if agricultural jobs paid at least minimum wage, perhaps…

        BTW, the wine and citrus industry is a gift of the Spanish as well. They are not indigenous to the US.

      • kiwicricket - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        Yeah, absolutely. It’s a bit of a cycle, which effects many countries, but it’s magnified in the States due to it’s size and issues arising from illegal immigrants. Those industries and many others basically survive in modern times because they pay criminally low wages. Shit cycle indeed.

        Why tip for a basic service?(Which is their job I might add?) Because the business pay incredibly low, and assume the customer fits half their wage. Awesome. No thank you.

        Grapes and citrus rely so heavily on comparatively/relatively dirt cheap labor each harvest in California, but what would happen if this cheap labor ceased working these particular jobs? Blades got two edges.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

        Interesting info, kiwi. It always seemed to be a uniquely American problem with our porous border, but I did know the Euros have some issue with African immigration.

        The farmers would pay a minimum wage if we in turn were willing to pay more for our fruits, vegetables, and our Two Buck Chuck. A local farmer was interviewed on the news nearby here in Plant City, Florida, and he said he tried hiring only “legals” and it didn’t work. He said they did not work as hard and most didn’t even show up for a second day. He also said that if it wasn’t for the illegal immigrants, he could not survive. I imagine that’s the fortune that would befall many business.

        It reminds me of a comedy skit by the great late Greg Giraldo. “When’s the last time you lost a good job to an illegal immigrant? Where are all those illegal immigrant investment bankers? All those illegal immigrant weathermen? ‘Tooday, thee weader ees sunny. Ees a gooood day to cross a reever.’”

      • kiwicricket - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Yeah, complex issue. Southern France has almost all of its Fruit picked by the Spanish, gypsies and illegal north Africans. The locals don’t fancy the work.

        Many instances, you get what you pay for. Pay peanuts, don’t expect to get a great deal of effort and intelligence in return. Same as any industry in my opinion.
        The basic wages in the US are too low, which I feel creates a class system. That was my impression when I worked in California.

        In saying that….Stoned backpackers are making $20 US/Hr picking fruit in Australia. They seem to think it’s okay.
        (Part of an agreement which enables them to stay in the country if they complete a required amount of hrs work at agri/horticultural based businesses). Great initiative I thought when I first came across it. Not too many locals have problems with scantly clad North American and European girls working on the farm.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:20 PM

        $20 an hour to pick grapes? Are you serious? Where do I sign up?

      • historiophiliac - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

        Sorry, Burgie — I was teasing because (not to impugn kiwi) but I assumed their papers were not his real concern. ;)

        It also doesn’t help that at times the policy of the US government is to encourage the use of undocumented workers and then at others to “crack down” on them. I could go on forever on this one…

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        lol.. s’ok, ‘philliac. I may be credulous, but I’m not that naive. :-)

      • kiwicricket - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        Skids-
        If you owned an Island, would YOU let Mike Tyson on it?

      • skids003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        Nope.

      • kiwicricket - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        During the Christmas/summer period, backpackers are making US$20 per/hr working in Subway in Western Australia!!
        Average minimal skill full time job is now basically 40K US.
        An average builder/plumber/electrician is on around 70-80K. Ohhhh to be 19 again.

        But….you cant buy a house for under 300K, beer is $10/pint in a pub and most of the females you pine for are named ‘Shazza’. Stupid cons.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        Those cons don’t seem bad. Don’t care about the price of beer–it doesn’t take me much to get tipsy. I’m not pining for any females so their names, irrelevant. Who wants a house? So much maintenance.

        You’re right. To be 19 again. I would go in a heartbeat.

  9. Marty - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Immigration is a complex multifaceted issue. It’s a cute shirt, but a pretty weak statement.

    • chill1184 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      It’s basically mocking those (mainly Pat Buchanan followers and the like) who scream illegal whenever they see a hispanic person or read a hispanic name.

      • Marty - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        Not sure if it’s mocking prejudice in any way. Romo looks like he’s wearing $1000 in mint ass boutique clothing and accessories. If he wanted to make a statement, he should have worn some Kohls quality jeans and shoes that can be had for less than $150.

    • Marty - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      I think it’s insulating you are a racist if you are critical of any of the outcomes of our current immigration policy with Mexico.

      It’s a simple hipster political slogan perfect for those who are fine with topical emotion based opinions on issues.

      I love Romo, and I don’t mind the shirt. But I think he could have been more clever if this issue is important to him.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        I didn’t know hipsters cared about illegal immigration. Seems to me, they’re a bit too self-involved for that sort of thing.

        The t-shirt cost a whopping $12. I don’t know about his other accessories, but the shirt is affordable to most.

        Romo made his point in a gently mocking way and got it on a national stage. I do feel for ranchers in Arizona and Texas that fear for their lives due to their proximity to the Mexican border and the human/drug trafficking that is a part of their daily reality. I also believe that there has to be a better way to allow for the legal migration of law abiding Mexicans and other people who simply want a chance at a better life, just like our own forefathers had.

      • sportsinhd - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        What is the current “immigration problem with Mexico?” There are just as many people crossing the border illegally into the United States as there are crossing the border back into Mexico. We currently have a net illegal immigration rate of 0% as a result of this. Illegal immigrants are a huge part of our economy, and if they weren’t here you’d never eat because all our crops would be rotting in the field.

        Romo’s shirt is great because it calls into question the idiotic laws in places like Arizona that allow cops to “check for citizenship.” Like anyone is going to check on the blonde haired blue eyed guy, they are going to check on guys who look like Romo even though they were born in this country.

        We don’t have an illegal immigration problem, we have a racism problem. There are problems on the border, the violent drug cartels being the most obvious, but that’s not a problem that gets solved with laws like the one in Arizona, nor will it be solved if we pass “immigration reform” in Obama’s next term.

      • Marty - Nov 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Just as you two point out, the “immigration issue” is complex and covers an array of real problems and benefits. But that fact still didn’t prevent you two from voting my initial comment down. Which is kind of a nice symbol of the state of this debate. One can’t even discuss the issue without charges of racism being on the table. I think Romo’s shirt is an example of that, as were your responses.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        Marty, if you yourself are not willing to be open-minded as well, then you’re right. No debate can be had. I never used the “R” word, and it is a complex issue as I alluded to in my previous comment to you.

        (And, for the record, if I “thumb you down”, I will at least do you the courtesy of letting you know why.)

      • Marty - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        I guess I’m failing to see how your exemplary level of open mindedness supersedes mine.

        Like I said, this debate is tailored for the slinging of value judgments. “You disagree with me because your either a racist or close minded”.

        I consider my initial thesis proven by your responses.

      • indaburg - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        You do? I suppose you can then add a lack reading comprehension to your problems. Good day, sir.

      • Marty - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:39 AM

        Sorry we disagree. But you damn well better call me Sir when disrespecting me.

  10. eagles512 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Anyone is easier to root for than Wilson.

  11. 1twinsfan - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I like it. It’s clever and a much more polite way to say don’t be a xenophobic jack azz. Might get one for my Chicano hubby so he’ll quit saying to people “don’t be a xenophobic jack azz.”.

  12. leonidas98 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    My first thought was that it was referring to his slider.

  13. bravefan4life - Nov 1, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I’m a fan! The kid seems truly appreciative to have the opportunities he’s earned. I remember reading that he cried when he signed his first contract because he never thought he’d ever make that much money. He apparently grew up very poor. What a great AMERICAN story!

  14. indianbob - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    As heard this morning on a San Francisco radio show, “Armstrong and Getty”, they jokingly said that because of his appearance he should have wore a tee-shirt that said: “I’m NOT Al Qaida’s # 2 ” !

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