Line of the day: Justin Verlander
It isn’t really a line so much as a proclamation, or a challenge, or just Verlander being competitive. But Verlander is calling it: He’s going to be perfect in PFP for the rest of camp, or at least when Jim Leyland is hitting PFP to him.
I can’t make this up.
“He won’t get me anymore this spring,” Verlander said, for quotation, Saturday afternoon. “He will not get another one past me.”
This came after Leyland got his second ground ball past him in as many days, and made no secret about it.
On Friday, the Tigers’ first workout, Leyland was crowing after putting some spin on a ball or two to get past Verlander. On Saturday, Verlander’s 27th birthday, Verlander called Leyland over to the PFP field to hit him some grounders.
Not only was Verlander bragging about being perfect himself, he pointed out that his entire group was perfect, including Zach Miner and Ryan Perry. Then Leyland put a sharp ground ball through the 5-hole on Verlander.
Seconds later, Leyland got one past Miner. But it was Verlander’s miscue that was the big deal.
“I got him two days in a row,” Leyland said. “We’ve only been here two days. I got him both days.”
Verlander is competitive, all right. But so is Leyland.
“He’s smart, though,” Leyland said of his ace. “There won’t be anything at stake until he goes perfect.”