Jose Bautista knew all along.

When Bautista was introduced as the Blue Jays sole representative to the all-star game at the Rogers Centre on July 3, he quickly added "I'm the only one ... for now."

"Hopefully, Ricky Romero will be added too, he belongs," Bautista said.

Romero was on the field for the State Farm Home Run Derby Monday and hoping to get an inning from American League manager Ron Washington Tuesday in the 82nd all-star game.

"I'm excited," Romero said.

No, really how excited are you?

"I mean I'm really excited," said Romero, 26, eyes lighting up like the kid from Home Alone.

"This is what you dream of as a kid. My first all-star memory was Fenway Park in 1999," Romero said. "All the players were along the first and third-base lines and then they brought out Ted Williams in a golf cart. The place went crazy. It was a special night."

And the night before, Romero watched Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa battle for the home run derby title with flashbulbs popping.

"I always liked watching Pedro Martinez pitch (five strikeouts in six innings that night) and Johan Santana too."

This week in the desert re-unites Romero with Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

"We shoot each other a text now and then," Romero said.

Romero pitched college ball for the Cal-State Fullerton Titans in 2003 as Tulowitzki began playing for the Long Beach State '49ers. Then, they were roommates with Team USA in 2004 on a trip to Japan. And then, in the 2005 draft, former Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi chose Romero even though "my baseball people wanted me to take Tulowitzki."

Romero struggled in the minors in 2007, going 3-6 with a 4.89 ERA in 18 starts at double-A New Hampshire, while Tulowitzki played in the World Series that year.