Sergio Romo decided to use the San Francisco Giants World Series championship parade on Wednesday as an opportunity to make a political statement. As you can see from the photo above that Big League Stew shared with us, the Giants reliever proudly rocked a t-shirt that read “I just look illegal” across the front.
Romo’s parents were originally from Mexico, but he was born and raised in Brawley, Calif. The shirt was obviously intended to send a message about stereotyping, since there are people in the world who would assume Romo is an illegal immigrant just from looking at him. It’s clearly something he feels strongly about, but do you think the victory parade is the right forum for it?
One one hand, you could argue that championship parades are supposed to be reserved for light-hearted antics like dropping f-bombs and getting hammered. On the flip side, Romo has earned the right to raise awareness about an issue he feels strongly about by winning a championship. It’s one of the many luxuries that accompany being the best.