John Romano, Sports Columnist

John Romano

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.

If this is the end for Edwin Jackson, we should applaud in Tampa Bay

Edwin Jackson on the mound for the Rays in Game 4 of the 2008 American League Championship Series against the Red Sox. (Times files)
He is best known for pitching for a record 14 MLB teams, but for two months in the summer and fall of 2008, he helped the Rays nail down a pennant.

No matter what happens in the Bronx, Rays are on a crazy crusade

Tommy Pham, shown scoring against the Yankees earlier this month at Tropicana Field, is Tampa Bay's fourth highest-paid player at $4.1 million. That would put him 17th on New York's payroll. (ALLIE GOULDING | Times)
When you consider the payroll disparity between New York and Tampa Bay, this is one of history’s most unlikely pennant showdowns.

The Montreal perspective on the Rays’ split-season proposal

Perry Giannias stands at the entrance to his basement in the Montreal suburb of Laval. Giannias has been collecting Expos memorabilia, including one of the original turnstiles from Jarry Park , for years and owns more than 200 game-worn jerseys. His collection includes Gary Carter's Gold Glove award, Andre Dawson's Silver Slugger trophy and thousands of other souvenirs, including some he has loaned to Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. JOHN ROMANO   |   Times
We visited the former home of the Expos to gauge enthusiasm for becoming the future part-time home of the Rays.

The Rays are a broken team. Here’s how to fix them

Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Felipe Vazquez could be an answer to the Rays ailing bullpen. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
We’re three weeks from the July 31 trade deadline. Here’s who the Rays could be looking at to address their greatest need.

U.S. women’s soccer team’s next foe is injustice

The U.S. women's national team has far exceeded the accomplishments of the U.S. men's team. Here, Alex Morgan, left and Allie Long celebrate their victory 2-0 victory over The Netherlands in the Women's World Cup final soccer match at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
A second straight World Cup championship makes the women’s team far more successful than the U.S. men, but their paychecks do not reflect that.