The cover art for 2K Sports' MLB 2K12 (Justin Verlander, 2K Sports)
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Verlander marks the first Detroit based athlete to 'model' for the cover of a video game since locked out, recent DUI convicted Piston Ben Wallace was on NBA 2K5 (before that, I believe it was Steve Yzerman on NHL Rivals 2004).
As one can imagine, for a Detroit sports fan this is pretty exciting to see one of our team's players on the cover of a popular video game (especially one I'm prone to play quite a bit). That's also why I wasn't too fond to see 2KSports play with the idea of Justin Verlander wearing a different team's uniform in their little cover teaser video.
See this ish for yourself:
No, you can't even wonder! He's ours!
Okay, I'll relax. Yes, this is about Verlander ... and he's super excited about the opportunity:
"It’s a dream come true to be on the cover of MLB 2K12," Verlander said. "I’ve worked closely with 2K Sports on the MLB 2K series since 2007, and I couldn’t be more excited to continue my relationship with such a great baseball game."
We're happy for you, JV, but don't ever leave us ... because we'll find you.