Nats building a World Series team… from the past

After being a huge part of the 2007 and 2008 success for the Phillies, J.C. Romero's true colors shone the past 2 1/2 seasons, ending his tenure in Philly. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals are well on their way to building a World Championship team… the 2008 champions that is.

Washington signed former Phillies left-handed reliever J.C. Romero, the third member of the Phillies 2008 championship squad to join the Nationals this season.

In the off season, the Nationals added NLCS hero Matt Stairs to their bench. They then went out and threw a lot of undeserved money to super star Jayson Werth.

Romero, who had winning decisions in two of the 2008 World Series games including the deciding Game 5, became the third member.

Romero was designated for assignment and then released by the Phils. The Nats offered the 35-year-old a minor league deal and sent him to AAA Syracuse.

Romero posted a 3.86 ERA in 16 1/3 innings, walking 12 and striking out 10. His lack of control wound up being his demise, ending his stint hopefully permanently with the Phillies.

With Romero officially gone, I’d like to reflect on my favorite Romero moment that very few of you know.

When I had the chance to cover the team last season in May as an intern for the Gloucester County Times, Romero decided to prey on me for being a new guy.

As Bill Evans of the Times and myself were in the middle of a Brad Lidge interview, Romero storms in and throws his glove right at the chair next to me, cursing and ultimately scaring the crap out of me.

I turn around and see him rolling on the floor laughing as he knew he made me wet myself. He and Lidge proceeded to bust each other’s chops in the club house, calling each other bums and causing a pretty funny scene.

Speaking of Lidge, hey Washington, you can have Lidge next this off season as well.


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