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Romero ambled back, tossed his glove on the ground and began to say hello. One of his teammates sprinted from the locker room and punted the 25th overall pick’s glove high into the air. Romero gave him a playful shove and laughed.

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canada goose deals Choosing Romero represents a departure from their oft declared norm, a choice in which the potential for on field good outweighed the potential for off field trouble. Nobody at the University of Houston will talk about him now. Things didn’t end well. canada goose deals

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After those reports, Whitting banned the Chronicle’s Joseph Duarte from covering the team and refused to let players speak to him. But Duarte’s information is consistent with the Nationals’ understanding of Romero’s missteps.

“Everything happens for a reason in my mind,” said Romero, dodging a question about exactly what happened at the end of his college tenure. “Like, I’m here. I’m just trying to put it past me and move on. As long as I produce canada goose outlet store montreal up here, I’ll be fine.”The Nationals never called Romero before taking him 25thoverall in the draft this June. He had talked to a few teams before the draft. He said he had even flown out to meet some. The Nationals were not one of them.

“I just saw my name pop up on the board and then my agent called me afterward and canada goose outlet mall said, ‘Nats,’ ” Romero said. “I was like, ‘Sweet.’ ”

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The Nationalssaw Romero in high school but hadn’t paid much attention to him then. But they weren’t the only ones to miss him: Romero only got one Division I offer out of Columbia High School in West Columbia, Tex.

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“I’ve learned to trust the person who sees that player the most, and that’s the area scout. That’s the most important link in the chain of how these guys are taken,” said Rizzo. “I have all the confidence in the world that Tyler Wilt and Jimmy Gonzales know him very, very well.”

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Ultimately, the Nationals bet $2.8 million on him, less than he would have gotten had he gone in the top 10, but more than the $2.5 million assigned to his draft slot.

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