What Jordan Romano can control, he absolutely loves to control

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“Even in the palace, I always had a good extension,” he said. Jordan Romano. “I think that’s how the delivery worked, but I never really followed through.”

This was in response to the first question I asked him before Wednesday night’s game. He’s always been among the league’s long-term leaders – how far the bowler shoots the ball in front of the rubber.

Here’s what happened before I asked the question: Romano did. Some ball players will take questions while they are seated, but in my experience, most prefer standing when interviewing, usually in some sort of resting position in the show. I don’t know if they know about this situation, but it seems like it’s an actual process of leaving the headspace being scrolled aimlessly through Instagram for the question-taking headspace in the registry.

And when I say that Romano “rised”, he is open He himself from the chair in front of his locker like a folded air mattress being inflated. It brought to mind a story a teacher once told me about seeing Manut Paul get out of his car at a gas station. Standing slender but bossy at 6ft 5, Romano stands tall, all limbs. Of course extension always came naturally to him.

For several years, extension was a known factor in the effectiveness of the jug; By releasing the ball a few inches closer to the board, the bowler can shorten the time the batter must react. JA hab He was the first player I remember that became a big talking point for him, by explaining how he could be very efficient at throwing (at the time) 90 to 91 mph without getting many balls.

The extension isn’t just for people who can play as a junior striker in the NBA; Major League Leader of the Year, According to Baseball Savantis 6 feet and 2 Devin Williams. Tim LinkcomThe famous unconventional rendition moved his launch point close to the plate. But it helps to have arms like Romano’s, which basically allow him to deliver the ball to a catcher off the hill.

Romano is particularly effective because he throws hard enough—the four-stud fastball averages about 97 mph—that he doesn’t need help. He’s married to Fastball’s upper 80s slider With a sharp downward breakout.

“When it gets more difficult, it gets bolder,” Romano said. So I try to keep it [88 mph] As much as possible. I almost thought of it as a curve ball.”

This two-pitch formula—crunchy, four-tailed paired with a ball breaker with a sharp vertical drop—is peanut butter and jelly for relief. That’s what he made Craig Kimbrel great and Brad LedgeAnd the Rob Nine.

The classic arsenal proposal is very similar to the option in football: once you start playing, there are two possible actions, only one of which can be defended at a time. So, even if a hitter manages to hit Romano’s fast ball or his pass, he has to guess first. With only three hits to work with and Romano throwing both pitches in roughly equal proportions—not to mention how his reach and speed reduce the hitter’s decision time—the odds are with the bowler. I find elegance in minimalism in this approach, but for Romano, simplicity itself is a big part of the appeal.

“In pen, I like to keep it as simple as possible,” he said. “For me, I think this works. It’s mostly heaters and sliders from that, and honestly try to throw in as many sliders as possible. A lot of good balms stick to the same project: hot, slider down.”

As conventional as Romano’s repertoire may be, he takes great care in maintaining an emotional and mental state that specifically suits him. Closer is portrayed as a kind of aggro action, what with hard fastballs, bad broken stuff and heavy metal entry music. But Romano is just that. And staying on an even keel is essential to his success.

“I think this may be a different approach to others, and maybe not,” he said. “But I judge my outings based on my mental approach, like how good the competition is there. How much control I have of the game — if I let it speed me up or if I stay in control. Baseball is a weird thing, like you can make great pitches and still get beaten, so I judge on my outings based on my mental state.”

It may be It seems Odd, but Romano’s concern for his mental state is just his way of focusing on the process over the results. Given the vicissitudes of his chosen profession, accepting that the outcome is not entirely within his control seems like a healthy acceptance of compensation. (Example: Minutes after the first draft of this story was submitted last night, Romano went into a tie match with a third-place runner, giving up one song Kyle Schwarberand I got a sign with a blown save.) Kin must have short memories, after all.

Still, what Romano can control, he likes to control completely. He follows his routine so diligently that at a different time he would be called a superstitious.

“I’ve pretty much planned my whole day, from the moment I wake up,” he said. When he gets to the garden, he always uses the same shower. He eats pasta before every night game. He always gets up to do dry work mid-game in the third inning, and always takes a pre-workout supplement in the same inning.

“I have a lot of quirks,” he said. “It’s almost a mistake, how detailed a routine is, but I need it.”

He believes the routine, as well as meditation and visualization exercises, can help him succeed in qualifying – an environment he has never seen before.

“I feel prepared as much as I can,” he said, “but yeah, it’s going to be stressful.” “Really fun and challenging. It will be severe.”

The Blue Jays are sure to make it to the playoffs, and Romano will definitely tackle some high-pressure roles. But if he takes care of what he can control, post-season glory—like most things, for a man of his size—could be within his reach.

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