Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is now 39 years old, which has some thinking he could potentially retire in the not-too-distant future. But after a stellar year where he owned an ERA under two, the righty made it clear: He ain’t quitting anytime soon. In fact, you’ll literally need to rip the jersey off his back.

“I just love the game I love competing, there’s just never been a doubt in my mind, I just wanna play until they rip the jersey off of me. I’m not gonna be out there making a fool of myself don’t get me wrong but it’s just the way I always envisioned it, the greats of the past all pitched into their 40s so there was never a question in my mind that if you want to be great, that’s what you have to do so I’ve prepared myself to do that since I started throwing a baseball.”