Justin Verlander and Kate Upton took advantage of the "stay at home" restrictions due to the pandemic and watched his first no-hitter from their couch. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton, along with toddler daughter Genevieve, hunkered down on the couch Thursday for some television, and the Houston Astros ace shared on social media how he felt completely entitled to commandeer the remote control.

With Major League Baseball of course on hiatus amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Thursday’s originally scheduled Opening Day unfortunately passing without a single game being played, the only thing baseball fans could do is seek out content online, regional networks and elsewhere to satiate their thirst for on-field action.

Lucky for Verlander, he stumbled upon coverage of his no-hitter from way back on June 12, 2007 when he was still a member of the Detroit Tigers.

The Astros star took to Instagram to share evidence of Upton — no slouch in the baseball fandom department — and their daughter taking in his dominant performance of yesteryear. Amusingly, Verlander joked he was “forcing” his family to watch the game.

“You’ll sit here and watch it and like it,” Verlander quipped.

Major leaguers across the country presumably took a similar approach to such an unprecedented situation, one that arguably was as disconcertingly surreal as it gets for professional ballplayers.

Verlander likely did not really force Upton and his daughter to watch his no-hitter. What’s more, there certainly are worse ways to pass the time, especially with no live baseball to watch during these uncertain times.

Best of all for Verlander, Upton and Genevieve? The pitcher has two more no-hitters to his name, which means there’s a few more ballgames featuring Verlander’s heroics to take in from the comfort of their couch.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.

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Can you name every MLB pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters?
1966-93 / CAL (4), TEX (2), HOU
Nolan Ryan
1955-66 / LAD (4)
Sandy Koufax
2005-19 / DET (2), HOU
Justin Verlander
1936-56 / CLE (3)
Bob Feller
1890-1911 / BOS (2), CLV
Cy Young
1880-87 / CHC (3)
Larry Corcoran
2011-19 / OAK, HOU
Mike Fiers
2010-19 / CHC (2)
Jake Arrieta
2008-19 / WAS (2)
Max Scherzer
2007-16 / SF (2)
Tim Lincecum
2007-19 / CIN (2)
Homer Bailey
1998-2013 / PHI (2)
Roy Halladay
2000-15 / CHW (2)
Mark Buehrle
1988-2009 / SEA, ARZ
Randy Johnson
1995-2008 / LAD (2)
Hideo Nomo
1974-89 / STL (2)
Bob Forsch
1972-80 / KC (2)
Steve Busby
1967-74 / MON (2)
Bill Stoneman
1965-79 / CHC (2)
Ken Holtzman
1966-74 / HOU (2)
Don Wilson
1960-71 / CIN (2)
Jim Maloney
1955-71 / DET, PHI
Jim Bunning
1942-65 / MIL (2)
Warren Spahn
1948-59 / BRK (2)
Carl Erskine
1941-58 / DET (2)
Virgil Trucks
1942-54 / NYY (2)
Allie Reynolds
1937-51 / CIN (2)
Johnny Vander Meer
1913-25 / BOS (2)
Dutch Leonard
1902-10 / CLE (2)
Addie Joss
1904-15 / CHW (2)
Frank Smith
1900-16 / NYG (2)
Christy Mathewson
1891-1901 / CIN, STL
Theodore Breitenstein
1884-97 / BRK (2)
Adonis Terry
1884-87 / PHI (2)
Al Atkinson
1875-92 / BUF (2)
Pud Galvin

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