Heading into Thursday night’s elimination game in Oakland, the Detroit Tigers‘ ace Justin Verlander had one thing on his mind: don’t give up runs. At least that’s what he told reporters after the game. Verlander claims that he wasn’t thinking about the no-hit bid he was making late into the seventh inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics, and that could be why he pitched so well after losing the no-hitter.
Never in his wildest dreams did Justin Verlander think he would become the owner of the Athletics following the game. Sure, he pitched 15 scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts and just six hits allowed in this season, dropping his ERA against the Athletics in the playoffs down to a sparkling 0.29, but how can he have time to own a team and pitch for another?
Okay, it was obviously a Tigers fan having fun with Wikipedia last night after the game, but in the section where it said “Owner(s)”, Verlander’s name appeared as the lone owner of the team.
All of the other front office members look correct, but since when did JV become an owner in his free time? This has to be one of the funnier Wikipedia edits in recent memory because many people would argue that Verlander does, in fact, own the Athletics on the field. The page has since changed back to Lew Wolff and John J. Fisher as the co-owners of this team.
Maybe Verlander can own the Boston Red Sox in a week or two.