Justin Verlander is a fan of Frank Thomas.
In fact, he might be more than just a fan. Thomas is actually the reason Verlander wears No. 35 for the Detroit Tigers.
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The Tigers pitcher tweeted his congratulations to the White Sox slugger for being inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday and then shared his favorite moment.
Congrats to @TheBigHurt_35 on the HOF induction. He was my fav player growing up and is the reason I wear # 35.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) July 27, 2014
One of my coolest moments in the big leagues was when I got to face him for the first time.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) July 27, 2014
Out of seven registered at-bats, Verlander only let up one hit in his career against Thomas. He also added a strikeout while walking him twice.