Justin Verlander is amazing.
Say what you want about his struggles on the mound and inconsistency this season, but there are things far more important than baseball.
Beck's Blog (h/t Hardball Talk) furthers that sentiment with a report Verlander will donate $1 million to help start an initiative in conjunction with the Detroit Tigers Foundation that will work to supply aid to war veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan:
The Wins and Warriors initiative will work to sustain two programs that work with veterans and their families: Give An Hour and The Mission Continues. Both are national organizations. The funding will help Give An Hour, which asks mental health professionals to donate an hour a week to free mental health services for veterans and their families, launch new posts in Detroit and the Richmond-Norfolk area in Virginia.
The report continues that Verlander isn't stopping with this one lump sum. As noted, Wins and Warriors will hold a fundraiser, and the Tigers star pitcher will match donations from now until the end of the season.
For fans looking for some treasured items from one of the best pitchers in baseball, you might be able to procure a ball or unforgettable memory with a donation of your own.
Beck's Blog states Verlander is "offering up incentives to donate, from signed baseballs to on-field pregame events to an offer to watch a 2014 game from his suite at Comerica Park."
It's a great cause spearheaded by a class act on and off the field.
The 2011 Cy Young Award winner has fallen on tough times out there on the bump. His ERA has risen since that remarkable season to 3.73, and a WHIP that once rested below 1.00 is now 1.36.
By no means awful, Verlander has been mired in mediocre production when most fans have come to expect near perfection.
The man is certainly flawless in his efforts to raise awareness and funds for veterans who give so much for this country.
A tip of the cap to Verlander for fighting the good fight.
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