Nine-year-old Joseph Romero is Harrisburg Senators’ newest member
Joseph Romero said he was nervous when he signed his contract with the Harrisburg Senators.
“I was scared because I’d never seen that many people before,” Romero said.
That was about two weeks ago.
Saturday, Romero made it to the ballpark with his team, for the first time, as the Senators hosted the Hartford Yard Goats, and there were no signs of nerves.
In fact, the 9-year-old, who will wear jersey number 17 during the season, was ready to make a few guarantees.
He predicted wins.
And, on the occasion that the Senators might drop a game, he promised they’d come back strong.
“We’ll be great every single day we play,” he said.
“And, if we lose, we’ll get back up and try again, every single time.”
Romero was born prematurely, and a bacterial infection caused him to lose a large portion of his intestines.
His mother Noemi Ramirez, who said her son and the Senators were brought together by the Children’s Miracle Network, said it was a difficult road.
But Romero was treated at Hershey Children’s Hospital, and, showed up at the ballpark Saturday full of energy, looking for a pizza.
In fact, he said, whoever invented the dish was a genius.
He also dropped a little baseball knowledge, discussing his love for Roberto Clemente, who he said he read about in school.
And, he said, he spent most of the day in the clubhouse and playing games with the team.
Manager Matt LeCroy said he is excited to have Romero be a part of the team.
“For me, I have five children, and I’ve been very fortunate that all my kids are healthy,” he said. “Noemi has been through a lot with Joseph, and I just think it’s good to have a kid around who has defeated those odds, to know how precious life is, and to appreciate health.
“You can just see it, he has a great personality. He loves being here, and I just think this is good for everybody.”
Romero said he loves having his jersey and plans to be with the team as much as possible.
“I love it,” Romero said of being a Senators. “I love it.”