Verlander renting jet to All-Star Game

BY foxsports • July 10, 2011

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 Jhonny Peranta.

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.