Stefen Romero got into baseball for the snow cones.

Growing up in South Tucson, Romero found his love for baseball playing T-ball for Sunnyside Little League at Mission Manor Park.

“I couldn’t wait for the games to be done, and then I’d sprint to the concession stand and get a snow cone,” Romero recalled. “That’s what it’s all about. People forget that baseball is a game. It’s not a job.”

Now 24 years old and one step away from the major leagues, Romero plays the game the exact same way he did for Sunnyside Little League.

“I love playing baseball because it’s just a game,” Romero said. “I think a lot of guys, as they get older, think of it as a job, and that just creates pressure. Whether it’s T-ball, Sunnyside High or Triple-A, it’s just a game, and games are fun.”

And, boy is Romero having fun this week at Kino Stadium or what?

The former Sunnyside High and Pima Community College product is currently in Tucson with the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate for the Seattle Mariners. On Monday, in front of 50-60 friends and family, Romero had a game he’ll never forget.

He went 3 for 4 with a grand slam, two runs scored and five RBIs. It added to an already stellar season, in which Romero is batting .302 with six home runs and 49 RBIs in 62 games.

“I think there’s no doubt that he’s going to play in the big leagues at some point,” said Tacoma manager John Stearns.

Read this entire article in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.