This past week, the San Francisco Giants won their second World Series in the past three years and their second since moving to San Francisco in 1958. As a resident of the Bay Area, I can understand the emotion behind their wins and accomplishments in this fantastic season. One thing that people cannot understand, though, is the actions of star relief pitcher Sergio Romo.
During the World Series parade in San Francisco this past Wednesday, Sergio Romo was celebrating with his teammates and the fans just as any ecstatic player should. What really captivated the public’s eye, however, was the shirt that Romo was wearing. Romo wore a shirt with a message on the front reading “I just look illegal.” Born in Brawley, California, he is neither an immigrant now illegal, so what were Romo’s intentions when he got up Wednesday morning and put on that shirt?
Obviously with the upcoming election, immigration reform is a huge topic among the Presidential campaign and among others considering the controversial positions involving immigration, both illegal and legal. Sergio Romo was obviously taking a stand for immigrant rights, and against the animosity aimed at the Mexican-American community in the United States.
Sergio Romo is definitely seen as a joker, as i obvious in the National League Championship Series when he photo-bombed Matt Cain during an interview. Like this, his shirt was meant to be a joke, but with an underlying serious message. He is a successful man, with two immigrant parents, so he is an inspiration for immigrant children. Not to be taken too seriously, the man was just trying to portray a social equality message via a satirical t-shirt. Because the parade is a huge deal involving the media, and it attracted over one million fans, was Romo’s manner of “speaking out” effective?