Justin Verlander is arguably the best pitcher to ever wear a Tigers uniform. Pavel Datsyuk is arguably the most talented stickhandler to ever wear a Red Wings uniform. Verlander is the best pitcher in baseball. Datsyuk is one of the best all-around talents in hockey.
Verlander just signed a seven-year contract that will pay him $180 million guaranteed and could vest for an eighth year and $202 million total. Datsyuk, in comparison, is making a paltry $46.9 million over the course of his current seven-year deal.
Datsyuk’s contract expires after next season and despite the rumors that he may return to his homeland Russia, he might be looking for one last extension to play out. On Wednesday, Datsyuk tweeted JV congratulating him on his huge deal and joking that Mike Ilitch, who owns both the Tigers and Wings may not have enough money to extend Datsyuk now.
That’s pretty good English for a guy who can also turn on the heavy accent as quickly as he can dangle the puck on a string. Verlander replied saying that he’s picking up dinner next time the two are out. Do they go out? Who knows. Either way, it’s cool to see the two interacting from afar.