The seamed leather ball is thrown so fast, the air hisses in its wake.

From the lightly gnawed fingertips on Ricky Romero's left hand to home plate, it travels 60 feet, 6 inches. Feet and inches. No metric conversion in this game. Baseball is as American as apple pie and imperial measures. Or in Romero's case, as American as carne asada and chain migration.

For the 26-year-old Blue Jays pitcher, that distance isn't simply the path to a ball or strike.