TORONTO -- Justin Turner's friendship with Ricky Romero predates their stint as roommates at Cal State Fullerton, where they helped lead the Titans to a College World Series title in 2004. Romero and Turner first met two years earlier as Southern California amateurs, leading their team to the Connie Mack World Series in New Mexico.
On Friday, they faced each other for just the second time as Major Leaguers. Since leaving college, Turner has carved his niche as a utility man with the Mets, while Romero has developed into one of the game's best young pitchers in Toronto, preventing them from seeing each other during the summer months.
Turner singled home two runs in their only previous meeting, back when he was with the Orioles in 2009.
"It should be pretty fun," he said of their second meeting.
He and Romero dined together Thursday night and again on Friday morning, catching up after four months apart. Though the former roommates rarely see each other during the season, they live close to one another in the offseason.
"He's the guy that I go to all the Laker games with," Turner said, laughing. "Then I get unfollowed by all my Twitter fans for being at Laker games."