The Bay Area will have two more representatives at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.
The San Francisco Giants’ Sergio Romo and Oakland Athletics’ Grant Balfour — both closers for their respective teams– were chosen as replacements on Saturday afternoon, and will be making the trip to New York tonight.
Romo is 3-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 saves this season, which ties him for fifth most among NL closers. He and Pirates reliever Mark Melancon were named to replace Jeff Locke and Jordan Zimmerman.
“To be honest, I still feel like I weaseled my way into the big leagues,” Romo told reporters after hearing the news. “I feel spoiled. I’ve seen four no-hitters, two World Series, two parades. I’ve got two World Series rings with my name on it.”
Romo will join fellow Giants Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and Marco Scutaro as NL representatives in New York.
Balfour will be a replacement for teammate Bartolo Colon, who pitched on Sunday and will not be eligible to throw in the All-Star Game itself.
He is 0-1 with a 1.67 ERA and has converted all 25 save attempts this season. In fact, he broke the A’s record for consecutive saves with 41 earlier this month, surpassing Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.
Balfour and Colon are the only two All-Star representatives for the A’s, but outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will be a participant in the Home Run Derby tomorrow evening.