Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander's resume includes two no-hitters, one MVP award and one Cy Young. The sight of a large, menacing hitter wielding a bat does not unnerve him in the least, nor does a loud and hostile baseball crowd.
Even so, Verlander's next sporting quest - his debut in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week - leaves him shaky in the knees. He's a good golfer and all, but this will be the first time he swats the little white ball in front of an actual gallery.
And he's not exactly flowing with confidence.
"I'm pretty nervous about it," Verlander said in a phone interview last week. "Put me in front of 60,000 people, give me a baseball and I have no issues. Put me in front of 50 people with a ball that's not moving and that's a different story."