With her sights set on impacting fastpitch at all levels, professional fastpitch player and coach Sydney Romero, has inked a deal with Marucci. Romero will not only be representing Marucci in Athletes Unlimited’s upcoming season but also working with Marucci to develop and test future products.
Romero’s decision to partner with Marucci came down to two key reasons: great people and great product. “The minute I stepped foot into headquarters, I instantly felt extremely valued by every person I met. Marucci is a very well-known name, and to see the company invest in me, and softball, stood out to me a lot,” said Romero.
While at Marucci, Romero spent time in the Performance Lab, dissecting every aspect of her swing and ensuring she’s outfitted with the best gear for her game. “I found the experience very interesting and learned my body movements on a different level. When it comes to hitting, I am always willing to find ways to grow and better my swing. I think it’s important to know there isn’t one way to do something. Being able to break down what my strengths and weaknesses are, and what I can work on to be better was something extremely valuable I took with me from the testing.”
This passion for analytics and training landed Romero the role of Assistant Coach for the Duke Blue Devils Softball program, elevating the next generation of athletes. Romero continued, “I want to make sure the products that I use and the products the younger generation uses are quality and something we can confidently swing. I swing Marucci because I love it, and I firmly stand behind it. I believe in Marucci, and I believe in the bats I will be performing with.”
Romero’s endorsement of Marucci is backed by her impressive collegiate, professional and Olympic resume. The former Oklahoma Sooner was a 2x NFCA First Team All-America selection, Big 12 Player of the Year, won two National Championships, and finished as the OU career leader in at-bats (853) and doubles (58) and tied for first with 13 sacrifice flies. Romero represented Mexico at the 2020 Summer Olympic games and is currently on the leaderboard in Athletes Unlimited, a next generation professional league with a radical scoring system where players earn or lose points every game based on both their team and individual performances.
Director of Fastpitch at Marucci, Allison Parsell, adds “Sydney is an athlete we have had our eye on for a long time. The impact she has on the sport and the legacy she is building for the next generation are extremely vital in growing the game. We are excited to add her to our expanding Marucci Fastpitch roster as she adds tremendous value to the brand.”
Rounding out Romero’s visit to Marucci was a tour of the facility and most impressively, a stroll through Marucci’s wood bat production. “I walked in and was surrounded by so many bats hanging up on the wall and it was the coolest thing! It made me proud seeing so many big names on the bats, like Albert Pujols, and knowing this is a company I am representing and the names I am next to,” said Romero.
Marucci intentionally partners with athletes who are committed to Honoring the Game, demonstrating character and commitment to excellence, and are passionate about creating the tools athletes want and need to be successful.Romero joins Marucci’s list of professional fastpitch athletes including Amanda Lorenz, Haley Cruse, Courtney Gano and baseball athletes Anthony Rizzo, Francisco Lindor, Freddie Freeman, Gleyber Torres, Josh Donaldson and Trea Turner.