The Tigers' ace is the 10th pitcher to win the MVP and Cy Young awards. Verlander is one of two pitchers from that group who had also won Rookie of the Year.
How surprised were you to win the American League MVP award?
JUSTIN VERLANDER: I was pretty surprised. I didn't allow myself to think that I would win it. I got the phone call about 15 minutes later than I got the call for the Cy Young, so I had pretty much written it off. Right about that time, the Tigers' p.r. director called me. He just said, "Congratulations, Mr. MVP."
Did you tell your friends not to call you at that time?
JV: No, all my good friends knew. I was here at my house. I just went down into my little area and tried not to think about it.
Do you have a man cave?
JV: Of course I have a man cave.
What do you have in it?