Justin Verlander knowns what it means to accomplish an extremely rare feat in baseball. Last year, the Detroit Tigers' ace won the AL MVP award, the first for a starting pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986.
So when teammate Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown this week, Verlander wanted to celebrate in style. Verlander purchased a watch for Cabrera and had it engraved with "Congratulations Miguel Cabrera, 2012 AL Triple Crown" on the back.
Verlander presented Cabrera with the watch during a quiet moment in the clubhouse after Detroit's win over Kansas City on Wednesday.
"It feels great," Verlander said of the feeling of presenting an award rather than receiving one. "At Christmastime, some people like to give gifts more than they like to get them. Just to see him smile and be really appreciative. ... We've been playing together for years now, and it's kind of a special moment between two guys who are friends and teammates."
Verlander won pitching's triple crown last year when he led the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA.
(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)