WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Hunter Brown is now a co-worker with his childhood idol, forcing him to find a balance he never needed as a child. Brown is originally from Detroit. In his youth, he imitated everything about Justin Verlander, right down to the delivery Brown practiced in front of his mirror.
A chance to meet Verlander seemed foreign to me then. Now it is a daily occurrence. Brown is two lockers behind Verlander in the team’s spring training club. The two had lunch earlier in the camp and continue to maintain an open dialogue. Brown sometimes tries to downplay sentimentality.