Verlander's All-Star disaster

The reigning AL MVP was the goat, but he kept it in perspective

Originally Published: July 11, 2012
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Justin Verlander can probably lay claim to the title of best pitcher in the game. But if you're looking for a one-man argument against MLB's "This One Counts'" initiative, he just might provide it. Baseball likes to promote the All-Star Game as ultra-important because it determines home-field advantage in the World Series, but Verlander approached Tuesday's game very much like an exhibition. He wanted to put on a show, and the results were secondary.

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