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John Romano - Sports Columnist

Sports Columnist

Finding the right career can be hit-and-miss. In my case, it was swing-and-miss. When Major League Baseball scouts declined to watch me play, or even acknowledge my existence, journalism seemed like a plausible fallback plan. I started covering prep sports for St. Petersburg's Evening Independent as an 18 year old college freshman, and have worked for newspapers ever since. I have a daughter in college, a son in high school and a wife in charge. And I still can't hit the curveball.

  1. Without an obvious position of need on the roster, Bucs general manager Jason Licht is going to be free to make whatever kind of move he thinks will get a player with the highest upside in the NFL Draft.
  2. In the boxscore, this goes down as a two-run double for the Rays' Mike Zunino in the sixth Friday. No one needs to know it had an exit velocity of less than 71 mph.
  3. Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, along with team president Matt Silverman, spoke to the St. Petersburg City Council about the team's proposed sister city plan with Montreal.
  4. Mike Brosseau, being held back by coaches Rodney Linares and Matt Quatraro, was nearly hit by a 101 mph pitch from Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in 2020.
  5. The Rays' Brent Honeywell pitches against the Yankees in the first inning of his major-league debut on Sunday.
  6. The TV rightsholder for local Lightning and Rays broadcasts has been rebranded to Bally Sports Sun from Fox Sports Sun.
  7. The Rays unveiled their 2020 AL East and league championship banners before Friday's home opener against the Yankees at Tropicana Field.
  8. The Angels and Blue Jays line up for the playing of the national anthem just prior to Toronto's home opener in Dunedin.
  9. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jack Roslovic, left, scores past Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, center, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the second period Tuesday in Columbus.
  10. The Lightning lost four of its next six games after Erik Cernak went down with a lower body injury in late March. As long as the defenseman is healthy come playoff time, the Lightning should be fine.
  11. UConn's Paige Bueckers celebrates next to Baylor's DiJonai Carrington after the Huskies' win in a region semifinal game Monday at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
  12. Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves reacts in Atlanta after hitting his 700th career home run against the Philadelphia Phillies.
  13. For much of his pro career, Tyler Glasnow has been a two-pitch guy. Now he's got a new addition to his arsenal.
  14. Rays players are happy to get the win over the Marlins in the regular-season opener. They're also happy to be playing, period.
  15. Tyler Glasnow will get the opening day assignment for the Rays against Miami, but don't expect him to throw 180 innings or more this season. Coming off a shortened season because of the pandemic and injuries in 2019, the Rays likely will monitor his workload.
  16. Why wouldn't Bruce Arians be back on a stage holding the Lombardi Trophy 10 months from now? The Bucs were just hitting their stride when the 2020 season ended.
  17. Michigan's Hunter Dickinson dunks in front of of Florida State's Scottie Barnes in Sunday's East Region semifinal of the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis.
  18. Nick Anderson will be shut down for eight weeks with a partial ligament tear in his right elbow. If the tear heals with rest, Anderson could be back for the Rays in the second half of 2021.
  19. With five Sweet 16 appearances in the last 10 NCAA Tournaments, FSU coach Leonard Hamilton has more than every other Florida State coach combined.
  20. Mayor Kriseman  addresses the St. Petersburg City Council as they debate the redevelopment effort at Tropicana Field and the negotiations with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  21. Last year, it was Willy Adames walking off in the distance while the Dodgers celebrated a World Series title. Not sure who will be exiting stage right in 2021, but it sure seems possible the Dodgers will be celebrating again.
  22. In a span of two months last season, Tampa Bay's Ryan Sherriff went from virtual obscurity to pitching for the Rays in the World Series.
  23. Trevor Richards has been an important swing man for the Rays the past two seasons, starting seven games and appearing in nine others as a reliever while going 3-0 with a 4.23 ERA.