Sergio Romo to Bryce Harper: “I’m sorry, but just shut up.”

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On Thursday morning, Tim Keown of ESPN The Magazine published an intriguing feature on Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The article is great for a number of reasons, but one particular quote from Harper made the rounds, as he called baseball “a tired sport” because “you can’t express yourself”, i.e. with bat flips and fist-pumping.

Giants reliever Sergio Romo got wind of his and disagreed. Per Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group, Romo said, “Don’t put your foot in your mouth when you’re the face of the game and you just won the MVP. I’m sorry, but just shut up.”

It’s rich coming from Romo, who is himself very demonstrative on the mound. Here are just a few of a large quantity of pictures in which he is caught celebrating on the mound.

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 22: Relief pitcher Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in the MLB game at Chase Field on June 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 16: Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 at AT&T Park on August 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 15: Sergio Romo #54 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates defeating the Miami Marlins 6-4 at AT&T Park on May 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Romo justified his actions, saying, “As emotional and as fiery as I am, I do my best not to look to the other dugout. I look to the ground, I look to my dugout, to the sky, to the stands.” He continued, “I don’t agree that being able to put your hands up when you hit a 500-foot home run or punching somebody out and then staring them down, I’m sorry, it doesn’t add flair to the game. That’s showing up the other guy.”

Romo also offered career advice to Harper. He said, “I’m pretty sure if someone has enough money, he can find another job if this is really tired.”

Even if Romo’s criticism were valid, he’s really not the person who should be offering it. At the very least, it’s a good window into human psychology.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, who famously flipped his bat in the playoffs last year, was the target of some angry criticism from Hall of Famer Goose Gossage. One wonders if the heat Harper and Bautista take for their emotion is more about how talented they are. Hmm.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.