DETROIT -- Justin Verlander was on his way out of the clubhouse to begin warming up for his start on Saturday night when he took a peek at the television and saw Philip Humber pitching with two outs in the ninth inning.
Verlander had to get ready, but he stuck around for a minute. Though famous for trying to get into the Perfect Game club on a video-game commercial, he'll gladly watch someone else get there.
"For something like that, you have to be able to step away from yourself for a second and appreciate it," Verlander said. "I was in the middle of my routine, and I saw what was going on, so I stopped and I walked back and checked."
Verlander stuck around long enough to see Brendan Ryan's checked swing draw a strike call. He had no doubt Ryan went around.
"Of course he did," Verlander said. "What's he [complaining] at? I'm like, 'It's a perfect game. Run to first.'"
Now, he joked, he'll have somebody else ahead of him in line at the club.
"Can't get in," he said, shaking his head. "Humber's going to be in. Kate Upton's going to let him go right by me and stop me."