Justin Verlander Called Out Victor Martinez After He Completely Avoided Confrontation During The Tigers/Yankees Fight
I can't say I expected to see this. I wasn't exactly keeping tabs on Justin Verlander when the Tigers and Yankees rushed the field faster than a bunch of drunk college kids on upset alert, and that's mostly because I assumed that he would be the one standing safely in the back asking "but guys, why can't we all just get along?!". Other than knowing he takes mirror selfies in dad jeans, I don't know why I thought he would be the dorky one trying to play nice-nice, but he certainly flipped the script on me with that reaction.
I mean, if there is anyone on the Tigers that should be standing on the outside looking in while apathetically cashing a check for the remainder of a lost season then it's the guy that plays once every 5 days and is making 28 million for the foreseeable future regardless. I obviously can't speak for Victor Martinez, but when Justin Verlander is shaking off your side of the story like it's a call for a meaty fastball on an 3-0 count then you probably need to accept that your effort to keep your uniform clean was more valiant than your effort to stick up for your teammate(s). Seriously, I have given that "I'm not buying what you're selling because bullshit is a terrible investment" glare way too many times not to immediately recognize it as justified. I'm not familiar with the inner workings of the clubhouse, but I'm pretty sure it's the rarest of occasions when a starting pitcher essentially tells a bat in the middle of the order to sit on the handle. Plus, the tape don't lie and the tape in question makes Justin Verlander look like Ron Artest in comparison Victor Martinez...