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Postby Dannomyte » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:57 am

The Tigers have gotten a long-awaited splash of national print attention, whether they -- or Justin Verlander -- wanted it.

Verlander is Sports Illustrated's cover subject in this week's edition, which hits stands today. The rookie right-hander is shown in a follow-through. The cover line reads: "Bring It."

The story, by Tom Verducci , focuses on baseball's stable of excellent rookie starting pitchers and begins with a vignette centered on a conversation last week in Boston between Verlander and 1976 Tigers rookie phenom Mark Fidrych .

"Only 14 pitchers, 25 and under have won a postseason start, and none of the 88 postseason teams in the wild-card era have had two 25-and-under starters win games in the same postseason," the article read.

"With Verlander and fellow 23-year-old flamethrower Jeremy Bonderman , the Tigers are attempting to alter that history," it continued. ... 30403/1004

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Postby mcqfesijiba » Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:01 pm

Don't some people say that being on the cover of SI is a jinx? Even though I believe in good/bad luck in my own way, I don't buy the SI cover jinx.

It's nice to see the Tigers getting positive national attention even though I still hear many national writers just lying in wait for the "inevitable" collapse of the Tigers.
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Postby moochman » Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:41 pm

Verlander is immune to jinxing.

Great to see him on the cover, he sure has earned with his magical season. He's been bucking a lot of trends, so a win in the post-seasons (if they make it) cannot be ruled out.

Didn't know that Bonderman was a flamethrower. :-b Looks pretty pedistrian compared to Z and V.
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