Sal Romano got the tap on the shoulder, the summons to the manager's office, the phone put in his hand.
"Every kid's dream, man," he said. "Getting the call into the office, it's what you wish for, what you live for — not just for me, for my family and all the people who helped me along the way."
Romano, 23, righthander from Southington High, packed all the dreams of his life, of the parents, Sal and Lynne, who never let him stop believing he could make it, the coaches who pushed him forward, when he drove the 100 miles from Columbus, Ohio, where he had gotten the word, to Cincinnati, where started on the mound for the Reds on April 16.
It didn't go...