Today should be Opening Day for many MLB teams, including Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros. Sadly, the global health crisis has put all sports on the backburner.
We don’t yet know when baseball will be back, or what form the season will take. Some of the most optimistic outlooks could have a new spring training starting up sometime in May. The regular season could come in the late spring or early summer. Of course, if the virus continues to spread at wild rates throughout the country, that might not be possible.
For now, players are trying to make the best of social isolation, as the rest of us are. Verlander and wife Kate Upton are among them. Today, the MLB is giving people some baseball to enjoy, with “Opening Day at Home.” The league is streaming 30 classic games, one for each team.
For the Detroit Tigers, they’re going with Justin Verlander’s 2007 no hitter, the first of his career. On Instagram, he joked that he was “forcing” his family to gather on the couch and watch that game for 13 years ago. They’re gathering on the couch and watching the younger star pitcher work.
2007 was the first of three career no-hitters for Verlander. The second game with the Tigers in 2011. He was traded to the Houston Astros in 2017, and was instrumental in the team’s (now controversial) World Series title. He pitched his most recent no-hitter with Houston last season, and that game will stream at noon.
The Tigers no-hitter came on June 12, 2007 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He struck out 12 and walked four in the game, facing the minimum number of batters over the last 13 plate appearances against him that day.
He’d almost definitely rather have actual baseball to play today, but Verlander can’t mind the love he’s getting with the MLB’s game selection today.