Justin Verlander's journey: From roots in Virginia to All-Star phenom in Detroit

August 11, 2011
By ODU Athletics

Aug. 11, 2011

OILVILLE, Va. - The routine has changed over the season, but not much. Not on game day.

A lucky baseball is wedged behind a seat cushion, autographed side up. You have been cautioned: It is not to be removed.

Richard Verlander pops a can of Diet Pepsi and settles into his spot on the sectional, near his wife, Kathy, who's stretched out on the chaise, her head propped on a pillow.

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