There’s no doubt Justin Verlander isn’t the dominant pitcher he used to be. However, he may have finally hit rock bottom. Earlier today Verlander was pitching in a minor league game, and gave up an opposite field home run to his younger brother, Ben.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know Verlander had a younger brother in the minors, let alone in the same organization. Ben Verlander has the greatest bragging rights of all time now. I remember giving up a home run to my younger brother in whiffle ball used to SUCK, and I wouldn’t hear the end of it until the next day. This is on an entirely different level, obviously, and not just because this is the big leagues. Justin is a 6-time all star, and won both the AL MVP and Cy Young Award in 2011. Ben Verlander is a 24 year old minor leaguer who has only hit 12 home runs in his professional career.
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) April 1, 2016
If I were Justin, I wouldn’t show up to a family event for the rest of my life. I don’t think I would be able to deal with the ball-busting that he will no doubt receive every single time he sees Ben, Verlander played it off in this interview, but I know he wanted to die inside. I feel for you, Justin. Some of those wiffle ball home runs haven’t even landed yet either.