There are a few key moments from Justin Verlander’s career that warrant remembering. His Cy Young win, his AL MVP award, heck, his first no-hitter against the Brewers in 2007. Verlander is one of the best pitchers of our generation, and is likely headed to the Hall of Fame some day. He’s a Detroit icon, and has already cemented his place in Tigers history.
It seems only fitting, then, that we remember what took place on May 7, 2011.
Six years ago today, on a sunny day in Toronto, Verlander pitched his second career no-hitter, in a 9-0 game played at Rogers Center. The game was the seventh no hitter in Tigers’ franchise history, and had the widest margin of victory. Verlander allowed only one walk.
The highlight reel of the game is not only a reminder of how bad the Toronto Blue Jays uniforms were for a spell, but also a who’s who of a bygone Tigers team. The core pair of Verlander and Alex Avila, however, remain on the team today.
Spend your Sunday reminiscing about one of the best performances of Verlander’s career. As Rod Allen says, “They may have run the Kentucky Derby today, but the Tiger horse was number one.”