The roar reverberated with the first pitch, like a gallery celebrating a 60-foot putt. Detroit's Justin Verlander fired a 97-mph strike to the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez.

Verlander promised he was going to treat this experience like any other game. But maybe he meant a video game, MLB2K12. He pitched like he was trying to impress Kate Upton. At least against Gonzalez. Two more fastballs followed at 98 miles per hour. Gonzalez fired his bat over the American League dugout trying to hit one. CarGo then swung helplessly at an 83-mph curveball.

The AL mauling narrative began clicking on keyboards.