Just after midnight, new broke that the Detroit Tigers had traded their longtime ace Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros for a trio of prospects.
Since making his Major League debut for the Tigers in 2005, Verlander has provided Tigers fans with uncountable memories, including tossing two no-hitters, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2006, and taking home both the Cy Young and MVP awards in his epic 2011 season.
Though he is now with the Astros, Tigers fans around the world will never forget Verlander’s career in Detroit.
Check out this “Farewell” video to Justin Verlander that was tweeted out by the Detroit Free Press.
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) September 1, 2017
*If you have not yet read DSN’s own Alex Muller’s heart felt letter to Verlander, here is an excerpt to get you started, along with a link to the entire letter.
Dear Justin Verlander,
I’m not really too sure there’s going to be enough words to express our deepest gratitude to you for what you have done and accomplished, but here goes nothing.
It’s been a true joy, pleasure, and honor to watch you pitch through your 12 full years as a big league pitcher. From your Rookie of the Year campaign in 2006, to what ends up being your final start as a Tiger on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, and everything in between, you have been an absolute professional godsend and professional to the Tigers franchise and the Motor City as a whole.
Now it’d be negligent of me to not recognize all of the countless other great players you have shared a clubhouse with over the years in Detroit. But you’ve been that one cornerstone pillar that we have relied on day in and day out for more than a decade. Every time you took the bump, home or road, we all know that there was a high likelihood of “Must-see JV” moments. And rarely, if ever, did you disappoint in that department.
To read the rest of this amazing letter, please click on the link posted below.