Buck wanted to know how many pitches Romero had thrown.
"He goes, 'It doesn't matter. Who cares?' " Buck said.
Well, you know, coach. Pitch count. Fatigue. Maybe think about getting the bullpen up? What's your deal, anyway?
Buck's eyes moved toward a scoreboard at Rogers Centre.
"I kind of looked up there I was like, 'Oh my gosh, they don't have any hits,' " Buck said.
Facepalm! Buck had just broken one of baseball's oldest and most-respected taboos. No-hitters are like Fight Club. The first rule: You don't talk about them in the dugout.
John Buck, what did you do?!
"We can say I did it. That's fine with me," Buck said later, after the milk had been spilt.
What really happened? Romero made one mistake — a hanging change-up — and Rios killed it. There's no indication that Romero even knew about Buck's slip of the tongue, much less that he blames him.But he badly wanted the no-no in his 31st career start.
From MLB.com's Jordan Bastian:
"I don't think the words I said [after the homer] I can say on camera," Romero said with a laugh. "It's one of those things where you feel it's so close. You know you're so close."
Rios wasn't surprised how well Romero — a former first-round pick — was dealing. Neither was manager Ozzie Guillen.
"He may be the best guy we've faced all year long," Guillen said.
Romero, who got the decision in Toronto's 4-2 victory, did appreciate how well he pitched. The bitter taste fades.
"It just wasn't one of those nights where it was destined to happen for me and maybe it never will be," Romero said. "To come that close, it's pretty cool. It's an awesome feeling."
- John Buck