Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton has been spotted out and about in Detroit several times over the past week with Detroit Tiger Justin Verlander. This is news because Kate Upton is, well, Kate Upton but also because Verlander has — or had — a longtime girlfriend.
Upton and Verlander co-starred in an ad campaign earlier this year for the “MLB2K12” video game and have since hit it off. They were spotted out on the town in Detroit on Saturday (July 7) and while Upton was happy to pose for fan pictures, Verlander stayed away from cameras, reports the Detroit Free Press.
The supermodel is even being blamed — by some — for Verlander’s lackluster performance in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star game.
“The 20-year-old bikini model obviously had some type of negative impact on Verlander’s pitching,” writes Adam C. Biggers at Yahoo! Sports. “That’s the only way to explain it. Clearly, she stole his mojo.”
No comment from Verlander or his longtime girlfriend, Emily Yuen.
“She’s the one, but I’m not ready,” Verlander told Men’s Journal in April.