March 22nd, 2012
If you’ve been watching MLB Network or ESPN tonight — or maybe this weekend, if you’re watching Michigan State tonight — you might have noticed MLB’s new commercials looking ahead to Opening Day. If you have, you saw Justin Verlander saying he’ll throw 107.
We’re thinking he’s kidding, unless he meant 107 pitches rather than 107 mph. Hey, he threw 114 pitches on Opening Day last year.
If you go to MLBFanCave.com, you’ll find a few bonus clips on Verlander, including …
- Verlander showing off all his pitch grips, including a knuckleball. “I don’t really throw that,” he shrugs. “Just messing around.”
- Verlander talking about the first time he hit 100 mph on a radar gun. Hint: It was in college at Old Dominion, not in the pros.
- Verlander breaking down a funky curveball he used to throw as a kid before he developed the nasty curveball he drops on hitters today.
- Verlander talking about the strangest pitch grip he has ever seen, a vulcan changeup.