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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Justin Verlander, pro pitcher, amateur pitch-man

A byproduct of Justin Verlander's Cy Young-MVP season in 2011 has been monumentally increased face time for the Tigers star. He's been on the late-night TV talk show "Conan," on the cover of the video game MLB2K12, on the cover of a cereal box, and now a part of MLB's Opening Day commercial campaign.

In the ad campaign — which will run on MLB Network and ESPN — several stars, including Verlander, issue some bold predictions for the 2012 season. In addition to promising "more complete games," Verlander also (jokingly?!?) promises to "throw 107." As long as his arm doesn't fall off, I suppose ...

Here's the main spot:

Verlander also had some out-takes, like demonstrating the grips for his pitches (and calls the four-seam fastball his "money-maker")

He also talks about the first time he hit 100 on the radar gun ...

... as well as his first curveball grip

And, lastly, the grip for the "Vulcan change-up" ...

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