Verlander renting jet to All-Star Game
Thanks to four-time All-Star Justin Verlander, Kansas City
rookie Aaron Crow will be traveling to Phoenix in style.
Verlander rented a private plane and will be taking Crow as well
as his All-Star Tiger teammates to the All-Star game, repaying a
kindness that was shown to him as a young player.
“I’ve had the opportunity to take some planes when I was
younger,” said Verlander, who went 7 2-3 innings and beat the
Royals 2-1 Sunday for his 12th victory.
Verlander said older players took him on private flights to the
All-Star game and he recalls how thrilling that was.
“I’m in a situation now where thankfully I can afford to do
something like that,” he said. “When I’ve had it done for me in the
past, other teams or other teammates have taken care of me. The
tide’s turned and I’m able to take care of some guys. I’ve never
forgotten those times.”
Other Tigers making the trip to Phoenix as All-Stars are catcher
Alex Avila, DH Miguel Cabrera, closer Jose Valverde and shortstop
Crow is the Royals’ lone representative to the game in Phoenix
on Tuesday night.
“The first time getting to an All-Star game is an awesome
experience. To have the opportunity to make some guys happy, it’s a
nice thing to do,” Verlander said.