10/12/2012: We're calling it official now:
Justin Verlander's girlfriend is Kate Upton.
Though neither party has directly confirmed things, it does appear that a source who should have knowledge of the situation confirmed it for us. In a sports gossip first, our confirmation comes from, Grandpa Verlander. In an interview with the website Celebuzz.com Richard Verlander Sr., said:
”I heard he has been on dates with a Sports Illustrated girl. I saw a photo — she’s beautiful. They make a good looking pair because he’s a good looking man too. I do know he’s on the dating scene. Justin is a fine boy and whoever he ends up with is lucky. He’s not only a great baseball player, he’s a great guy."
So there it is. Congrats to Verlander. Seriously dude. Congrats.
Well this is a little uncomfortable.
For years now, we've known that Justin Verlander's girlfriend is Emily Yuen, a girl he dated through high school and his time at Old Dominion University. While not well known in the typical celebrity sense of the word, she's been relatively well known around Detroit; a staple in the Tigers Wives Charity foundation, and the first one Verlander runs to in the crown on momentous games and nights (like his no-hitters).
That said, the best pitcher in baseball has been getting the national spotlight with an increasing frequency. The face of Fox's 2012 All Star Game advertising campaign was also the cover boy for MLB 2K12 video game series. Verlander starred in a series of promos for the game shot before the 2012 season, and his co-star was none other than the hottest woman in the world Kate Upton ('hottest' being applied to both her looks and her marketability right now).
Now since their pre-season commercial shoots, it would appear the two have kept in regular contact. On Friday, July , 2012, Upton was spotted in a private box at Comerica Park to take in a Tigers vs Royals game. It later turned out that Upton was there in Verlander's private suite, with only her best friend Lizzy Glynn, and one of Verlander's closest friends, Frank Viola, Jr. (who also happens to be the son of former MLB pitcher Frank Viola). The same foursome was also rumored to have attended an Aerosmith concert the night before in Detroit, where they ended the night with drinks at a local bar. The two were reported around Detroit throughout most of the week actually, until Upton showed up in Boston to take in the Red Sox vs Yankees game Saturday night.
The real controversy came in when Upton and Verlander showed at a Coyote Joe's Bar in Detroit, where they also showed up in the background of some photos taken by other customer's there at the same time. One of the photos shows the pair in a less than convincing angle which some might argue was them making out. The angles make this impossible to identify as they could just be having a close conversation in a loud bar, so we are absolutely not making any accusations here. We will say, that one eye witness told CBS 98.7 radio's Buck & Coop show that the two were actually all over each other for most of the night.
Friends? Very clearly. More than friends? Unclear at this time. We do not know the current status of Verlander and Emily Yuen, so we're not going to speculate. If anything ever comes of this, we'll let you know,..Is Justin Verlander dating Kate Upton?,