SAN FRANCISCO -- Sergio Romo addressed a group of over 5,000 Little League baseball players before the Giants took on the Brewers on Sunday. He was the perfect choice since he's still such a big kid himself.
"Whenever I get an opportunity to do something like that I jump at it," Romo said afterward. "When you're in the middle of a game, you're locked in and it's about your teammates. The fact that I am interacting with those kids makes me feel a part of their experience."
Romo, who followed pitcher Clay Hensley to the outdoor stage along the first-base side, was given a standing ovation before he was announced.
"I was one of those kids once," he said. "My parents put me in situations where I could meet people and do stuff like that."
Romo remembers meeting players such as Rudy Seanez, Andy Ashby and Andy Benes. He's still waiting to meet his boyhood idol, Greg Maddux.
"When I found out he pitched like I did he became my favorite player," Romo said. "He didn't throw hard but his pitches would go where he wanted. My dad taught me how to set up hitters, slow their bat, speed up their bat, come in, go out. Maddux was the best at it. Every fifth day, I knew who I would be watching."
Romo, who had his bobblehead day on Saturday, also recognizes there's still a lot to learn.
"I had that 'I made it' feeling all day yesterday," Romo said. "This is something I am afraid to lose. I don't want to just fall back on what I know or can do. I want to keep playing baseball."
Mays turns 81, remains important part of Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Mays, who turned 81 on Sunday, remains an important part of the Giants' organization.
"When you look at Willie Mays you see Giants baseball," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's the greatest player in the game; right up there with the best of them."
Mays and fellow Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda are constant visitors at AT&T Park and will hold impromptu sessions with current players.
"Willie is special to this organization and to the players," Bochy said. "He's here all the time and he's always in Spring Training. To have that for the players does a lot."
Bochy said he has gotten to know Mays a lot better since taking over as the Giants' manager, and he appreciates anything Mays can add.
"It's amazing how much he follows us," Bochy said. "He knows the struggles we're going through and he's really into the club, not just this year but every year. He'll say things. He tries to keep it simple for the players."
No decision yet on when Huff will return
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said there is still no decision regarding Aubrey Huff, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday.
"We'll talk it over with him and make sure he's ready," Bochy said.
Huff went on the 15-day DL with an anxiety disorder after he suffered an episode while the team was in New York. He has remained with the team and been participating in baseball-related activities
Bochy said there is a chance Huff will play a couple of games in the Minor Leagues as a part of a rehab assignment.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.