Verlander walks the runway for cancer research

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With all the money he has, Justin Verlander could live anywhere in the world.  But as they say, there's no place like home. The Goochland product just moved into a new house on River Road, and the Detroit Tiger pitching ace is going to keep being active in the Richmond community.

The latest example was the Key to the Cure event Thursday night at Sak's Fifth Avenue at Stony Point Fashion Park.  Verlander designed a lab coat, and then donned it for a fashion show.  With his number (35) on the back, and covered in Tiger navy and orange, the coat was auctioned off later in the night for charity.

Breast cancer has hit his family - both his grandmother and currently, his aunt - so it is a cause very close to the Old Dominion product.

"You grow up wanting to be a baseball player," said Verlander. "But there's a lot more that goes with it.  Whether you like or not, people look up to you.  You just try to help wherever you can, and set a good example. That's why I'm here."

In February, Verlander signed a 5 year 80 million dollar contract to stay in Detroit. He won 17 games this year - the first player since Dwight Gooden to accomplish that feat in four of his first five years in the Majors.

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