By Mark E. Vogler
---- — LAWRENCE — Former Lawrence Police Chief John Romero, a huge New York Yankees fan, ate a lot of crow during his 15 years in the city, especially in 2004 and 2007 — the previous two years the Red Sox won the World Series.
Even though he’s moved to California to enjoy his retirement, Romero said he still took a beating last week after the Red Sox won their third World Series in 10 years.
“If I were still in Lawrence, they’d be killing me right now,” Romero said in a telephone interview Friday, one day after the Sox won a 6-1 series clincher over the St. Louis Cardinals.
“It’s still been brutal. I’ve been getting a bunch of text messages and calls from people back in Lawrence, all of them pointing to the fact that the Red Sox have won and the Yankees are nowhere to be found,” Romero said.
The diehard New York fan was gracious in defeat, as he praised the Sox like few Yankees fans ever would.
“They earned it and they deserved it,” Romero said.
“They’re not a team of Prima donnas. They played well together and did a great job. You can’t take anything away from this team. They beat some great pitching — Tampa Bay, Detroit and St. Louis — in the post season. So, nobody can take away what they accomplished,” Romero said.
“To be honest, I was surprised they won 85 games and I had them finishing under .500 at the beginning of the year. Once they got going, I still thought Tampa Bay was going to win the division and that it would be between Baltimore and Boston for the wild card,”
Romero, who was forced to don a Red Sox cap and sing “Love That Dirty Water” after the Red Sox won the 2004 title, said the timing of his retirement was good as far as the baseball season went.
“I tell you, it could have been brutal,” he said. “But hats off to the Red Sox. That’s all I can really say.”