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  1. And to think we might not have even signed him unless his dad contacted the Tigers directly after the team broke off talks with his original agent. Thank god for union men!

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/news/041023verlander.html

    Comment by Chuck Hildebrandt — August 14, 2009 @ 7:45 am

  2. In the first inning when he struck out Ortiz at 99 after throwing darts at 98 to him and Bay, Dennis Eckersley kept saying, “that’s one hairy fastball, but there’s no way he can sustain that.” And then the last pitch of his day registered 100 mph on Fenway’s gun, and all Eckersley can say is, “wow.”

    Comment by Eric Cioe — August 14, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  3. I love hyperbole as much as the next guy, but it’s more accurate to say 1/6 fastballs resulted in whiffs rather than 1/5.

    Comment by Matt Harms — August 14, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

  4. The “wow” was nice, but by no means can it hold a candle to the previous days offering:

    “My Glasses? I haven’t been to an eye doctor, I bought these at CVS”

    Comment by kris — August 14, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

  5. Keith Law had Verlander’s last three fastballs at 100 MPH, so maybe the Pitch F/X gun wasn’t off….

    Comment by George H — August 14, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

  6. kershaws fastball seems to get many swings and misses too.. i think even more then verlander

    Comment by Matthew — August 15, 2009 @ 4:57 am

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