Recently, Blue Jays pitching prospect and current New Hampshire Fisher Cats starter Jordan Romano sat down with Jays Journal to discuss his recent success, social media, and bouncing back from a tough injury. This column is a continuation of the interview; Part 1 can be found here.
Hayden Godfrey: One way that a young player such as yourself can endear himself to the fanbase is by using social media. For example, you’re an active Twitter user. Is there any story behind your Twitter handle?
Jordan Romano: [laughs] There’s not really too big a story, so it’s @Gordondemand and growing up, my nickname was Gord, I don’t know why, it just kinda came about. Even my family calls me Gord! I just put Gord, then “on demand”, it’s social media!
HG: Speaking of Twitter, your header on Twitter is a picture of you with a young pitcher that many Blue Jays fans have recently become familiar with, and that is Ryan Borucki. Can you tell me about your relationship with Ryan Borucki? How did it start and how do you help each other out as pitchers?
JR: Me and Borucki have been pretty good friends ever since I entered the system. We played together in Bluefield [my first year]. He ended up getting his elbow hurt and then I had my Tommy John, so we rehabbed together and we helped each other through it. He was a big reason why rehab wasn’t so bad, because we’d always hang out. That next year, we played together in Lansing, and then the next year in Dunedin. So, we’ve played together almost our whole careers and now he’s in the big leagues doing great things – we’re really good friends.
HG: We talk a lot as Blue Jays fans about the future. I’m sure you’re aware the major league team isn’t doing so well at the moment…but fans have a lot to be excited about because you, along with the rest of your organizational teammates, are coming. You’re providing a sense of hope and optimism for this team’s fanbase. How does that make you feel, knowing that you’re mentioned in a list of names that make a fanbase excited for seasons to come?
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JR: It’s really special to me because growing up a Jays fan and working hard all up until this point, getting a little recognition that I might be an option one day for the Toronto Blue Jays, that’s really special for me. It just makes me want to work that much harder to finally get there and play for my hometown team. It’s awesome.
HG: You are a part of the future, that is no secret. I’d like to finish up by asking you: what is your goal for the next year of baseball? What should Blue Jays fans expect from Jordan Romano?
JR: First and foremost, I want to have another successful, healthy year next year. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be in the major leagues so within the next year, I’d definitely like to be up in Toronto and to get there. I just gotta keep working hard, pitching well, and staying healthy. The year goal is definitely a move to Toronto.
I would like to personally thank Jordan Romano for taking the time to speak with me. Jays Journal would also like to thank the New Hampshire Fisher Cats for their cooperation. The Jays Journal team wishes Jordan Romano the best in his upcoming years of baseball!