Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Romo's Relief


Amy G's Giants Xclusive: Romo's Relief

Amy: All right, we are back after the All-Star Break. Sergio Romo nice enough to join us on the first day back to work. It is Friday the 13th. You were just running your sprints, and you were super speedy out there. Is it- Is it a little hard to get back into the full-on workout mode after having a couple days of rest?

Sergio: Hey, baby. Manny B., everybody.

A: That was Emmanuel.

S: No, uh, actually no, it's really not that hard. I mean yeah, we need to take a break. It's more of a mental break, you know? Yeah you let your body rest but once your mind settles down your body's able to relax as well so...

A: But it explains why he's breathing a little hard.

S: I'm breathing a little hard, yeah.

A: Just got done.

S: Just got done running, it's cold out. Windy out. Kind of hard running directly into the wind, but uh, it is what it is. You know, it's part- it's part- it's part of what we do, you know? We've gotta make sure we're ready and it's not easy, you know? You've gotta put in that work.

A: Yeah, you did. I watched and I'm your witness. You were running very fast. Now, let us know how your break was. You tweeted some really cool photos. It looked like you actually were able to take a mental break.

S: Yeah. I didn't toss anything, didn't pick up a rock, baseball, football, anything. Arm's rested. It's just one of those things where I got to hang out with my family, you know? Had my sons with me and that was pretty much the main part. My lady was with, you know, friends- Pagan was with as well. Bam Bam showed up one day, you know, so like it was just a cool ride.

A: Nice! Were you here in the city?

S: No we were in, uh- We went to Lake Tahoe.

A: Oh very nice.

S: First time I was out there myself. Me and Rilen, my six-year-old, we did a lot a lot of things that we never really got a chance to do before, you know. We did some paddle boarding, some jet-skiing. I got some video of us parasailing, and he was- I mean he was....

A: Loving every minute of it with Dad.

S: It was an amazing ride, and he's like "Dad we gotta do it again." You know like, "Dad let's do it again." And I'm like "All right, cool," so like...It was really sweet to see how outgoing and really adventurous my son really is. It was a good time.

A: And who knew what a fisherman you were?

S: Haha, caught me some fish. I caught a couple fish and went out.

A: That's pretty impressive.

S: I think it was a Mackinaw, Mackinese, something- some kind of trout. Mac-something trout. Caught an eight-pounder, which is probably the highlight of the trip when it comes to the fishing part. Caught an eight-pounder. Caught a couple fish and I was holding them, put it up on Twitter, but uh...Just the fact that I was out on a boat. I think we were uh...We were fishing I think right around 2,200 feet, which is the deep part of the lake I think. I may be wrong of course, but we went there. It was fun. We were out at the crack of dawn and worked.

A: Had a good time. All right, you put out some nice tweets to your teammates that were playing in the All-Star Game. Of course Melky the MVP. I know that he's real special to you, so what did it mean to see your buddy, your compadre, earn that honor?

S: Oh the Melkman. That guy, just to see him smile, the personality he has, and he- He's got one of those infectious personalities, infectious smiles. When he's out and going, it's kind of like when he goes we all go. He's got some other guys on our team that shine in the same way, but I think Pagan, he - Not Pagan, I'm sorry, Melky - I was about to name him right now as one of those guys.

A: He is, yeah.

S: Yeah, him and Blanco as well, you know, but Melky, I think it's just his time, you know? It's his time to shine. I've said this a couple times already but he makes you look back and maybe how overshadowed he really was before. You know, playing with, you know, the caliber of guys he played with in New York and Atlanta and then last year an opportunity to shine a little bit in KC. I mean, look at what he's doing. He's just smiling, having a good time so congrats, Melky. I mean, we'll earn - We're watching it. We're watching it live and it's really fun.

A: It's cool. He reminds us all of what it's about. Yeah.

S: We're like little kids. I go out there and I do the same thing and I feel like I play just like a smile, you know? It is what it is, you know, but I think he does bring us back to, to what it's really worth and what it really means to us to play this game. Why we all started to play this game.

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

How Cubs beat Kershaw to move on to World Series

Two quick runs off the best pitcher on the planet on Saturday night afforded the Cubs exactly what they needed to snap a 71-year-old drought.

Already confident after consecutive offensive outbursts in the previous two games, a two-run first inning against Clayton Kershaw had Cubs hitters in a positive frame of mind.

They rode the surprising rally and a dominant performance by Kyle Hendricks to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The win earned the Cubs their first NL pennant since 1945 and on Tuesday night they’ll seek their first World Series title since 1908 when they face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1.

“It’s huge for the confidence, the positive momentum from LA, to carry over back home,” left fielder Ben Zobrist said. “Those were the biggest moments in the game early on to help everybody keep pushing and that we got this thing -- that we’re in charge of the game early. That’s a huge momentum builder.”

The Cubs did a little bit of everything in the first inning against Kershaw, who dominated them for seven scoreless frames in a 1-0 Dodgers victory in Game 2 on Sunday night. Some hitters took a more aggressive approach against the three-time NL Cy Young winner while others remained patient. The one constant throughout the 30-pitch frame was that Cubs hitters took advantage whenever Kershaw made a mistake.


MLB becomes whole new ballgame since Cubs last World Series trip


MLB becomes whole new ballgame since Cubs last World Series trip

One way to realize just how long it's been since the Chicago Cubs last reached the World Series is to look at how much the game has changed since then, on and off the field.

The Cubs are making their first appearance since 1945 and chasing their first title since 1908.

Some of the ways the game has changed since the Cubs lost Game 7 to the Detroit Tigers some 71 years ago:

INTEGRATION: Jackie Robinson became the first black player to reach the major leagues in 1947, two years after the Cubs' last World Series appearance. Baseball has turned into a virtual melting pot in the seven decades since. The Cubs' roster includes players from Cuba (reliever Aroldis Chapman and outfielder Jorge Soler), along with Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, as well as the United States.

EXPANSION: There were 16 teams in the majors in 1945, including two in St. Louis, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, and three in New York. The total is up to 30 now.

GO WEST: There were no major league franchises west of St. Louis in 1945. The Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the New York Giants headed to San Francisco in 1958. In 1969, the Seattle Pilots showed up - they went 64-98 in their first year, then became the Milwaukee Brewers.

DIVISIONAL PLAY: There were no divisions in 1945, just eight teams in both the American League and National League. They split into East and West divisions in 1969. Then a Central was created in 1994, with the Cubs shifting from the NL East to the NL Central.

PLAYOFFS PLUS: Extra teams and divisions resulted in expanded playoffs. The League Championship Series began in 1969, the Division Series started in 1995 and a one-game wild-card playoff came in 2012. A longer postseason pushed the World Series deep into October and beyond. If the Cubs and Cleveland go the distance this year, Game 7 would be on Nov. 2.

FREE AGENCY: When Phil Cavarretta and Peanuts Lowrey helped lead the Cubs to the 1945 Series, they were bound to the team until they were traded or released. Curt Flood tested baseball's reserve clause in the early 1970s and took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, helping pave the way for players to move around as free agents. Jon Lester, John Lackey and Ben Zobrist are among the players the Cubs acquired this way.

DESIGNATED HITTER: The designated hitter joined the American League lineup in 1973. The DH debate is still hot, with the leagues playing by different rules. When this year's World Series opens at the AL park, both teams will use the DH; when the Cubs host, the pitchers will hit.

LIGHTS AT WRIGLEY: The Cubs were the last team in the majors to play only day games. That changed when lights were installed at Wrigley Field in 1988. The games there have always been played outdoors on green grass, never under a dome or on artificial turf, trends that became popular starting with the Astrodome in the mid-1960s.