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Sep 11, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) looks in for the sign during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. The team wore American flags on there caps to commemorate 9/11. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, prior to his workout in Lakeland, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander shared some of his thoughts about Mike Ilitch. By listening to Verlander talk about his former owner, it is very clear just how much he meant to him, not only has a baseball player but as a human being.

Mike Ilitch, the longtime owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, passed away Friday at the age of 87.