Justin Verlinder's Return Against Detroit Tigers
9659006] It's time to move on. And yes, many of you.
Judging by the number of people on the stand on Wednesday night at Comerica Park. Judging by the warm, but conquered, reaction to the return of the best pitcher this city has seen over the past 20 years.
Last fall, when Justin Verlander first crashed in Detroit as the X'stone Astro, the former winner of C Yang was greeted as a kind of victorious hero.
And while Verlander heard some cheers at night night, the whole thing felt – and sounded – like the regular game of May between the visiting team reviewing the World Series and the home team looking at the future.
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Yes, it was nice to see Verlaner back on the mound in the park of Comerike, even in the largely empty stadium.
To observe how he is suffering from the mound from the mound with his lining to start and throw the heat to blend at low speeds, especially the 80 mph slider that cuts down the corner of the strike zone to see the Hall of Fame at work.
That's why the fans came out, I think. Or most of them are the same. Not that they had a lot to cheer in the loss of Tigers 5-1.
Justin Verlander held tigers for 2 hits for 7 innings (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Detroit Free Press)
The presence of Verlander reminded them of what they no longer have and what exactly baseball city it was.
"It's a bit sad," Verlander said. "Most of my memories here … this stadium was packed. The fans were noisy. Obviously, a bit different now. But this happens with victory. Put winning products in the box and be fans. [ Justin Verlander explains why the tigers have lost twice in the World Series]
Target an organization that helped make it a star. He acknowledged that it is difficult to remain good forever. This time is not slowing down to anybody.
"Nothing against these guys," he said. "I know they grind and play the best baseball they can."
He is not mistaken. These tigers are growing. They just do not have talent. And the only star they left fades.
Unlike the Verlander, Miguel Cabrera did not find his rebirth in the mid-30's. It seems that he can not remain healthy, on the one hand – on Tuesday he had zero because of pain in his knee. He is struggling with history and biology, for the other.
Excessive defecation rarely ages well. And for all Cabrera gifts – hands, feet, balance, eyes – his grandeur relied on giving a high-talent and high frame to these high talents.
Well, this frame is not delayed. It is noteworthy that Verlander has.
But this should not be so awesome. A few pitchers so easily threw the triple digits.
Of course, he was born with a golden hand. But his power always came out of his feet. Nevertheless, what made him great was that he could confuse all these fields.
This was evident from the Tigers. He changed the speed. Curved the curve. Threw a slider. And he opened the gas when he needed it.
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Everything was so simple.
And besides the high, inside of the fastball, that JaCoby Jones climbed and hit the left seat, Verlander made some mistakes – if you can call this step an error.
"Turning to the hat," he said about a shot at 436 feet by Johns.
At the age of 36, Verlander is at the top of the American League most of the important statistical categories. It's just as good as ever.
He threw 101 field – 71 for strikes – and abandoned one run at two strokes for seven innings. After he finished, and he went to the dugout for the last time, he heard a few cheers.
Nevertheless, he warmed his soul.
"Special", he said.
From those who cheered him when he warmed up in a pocket for people who recognized him in the first inning, he noticed. He could not help. After all, in all its ability to lock and turn off the world, it will always be its first baseball house.
Justin Verlander in a dugout during the seventh inning at Comerik Park on Wednesday (Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)
"Of course, it's still a little nervous," he said. – And at the same time fascinating. The fans were fantastic, except for this one guy in the first inning, who shouted, "You're sucking." I swear to God, I heard this guy. I must probably concentrate a little more. "
As usual, he was too hard on himself. And when he spoke with the media in front of his locker at the visitors' club, you could hear anxiety in his voice. He was warm and thoughtful, as if the crowd was up to him, throwing a collective hat.
Yes, night was wearing melancholy. Verlaner was right.
And at the time when his return – the second time – did not cause an excited love last fall, it also should not be amazing.
It's time to move on. The age of the era becomes fuzzy.
It was easy to see on Wednesday when two of the largest franchise players arrived at Comerica Park. One wears wraps on his knee. Others are in the form of a team whose home is far away. Trends in the history of tigers:
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