He didn’t know what to expect when he returned to Detroit for the first time since the trade last August.

But, Justin Verlander, one of the greatest pitchers to ever suit up for the Detroit Tigers, was welcomed back with open arms by the Motor City faithful.

During his 13 years with the organization, Verlander posted a 183-114 record to go along with a 3.49 ERA, almost 2,4000 strikeouts in 2511 innings of work. While he was able to pick up a World Series ring following the trade to Houston, Verlander still wishes he could have got one in Detroit.

Although the 35-year old has already played against his former team since joining the Astros, this was his fist opportunity to play against them at Comerica Park on Monday night.

Considering he is one of the greatest players that put on a Tigers uniform and dis everything he could for the organization and city while he was there, you knew the team and fans would be welcoming back their guy. They did just that with an amazing video tribute before the game that had Verlander’s eyes welling up with tears.

Once all that was done it was time to get to work and Verlander did just that, striking out 10 batters over seven innings on the bump to improve to 15-9 on the season. As he left at the conclusion of the seventh, the Detroit fans gave him one more standing ovation.