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Astros' Verlander credits wife Upton for saving his career

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has many reasons to be grateful, and his recent marriage to supermodel/actress Kate Upton just might be the biggest blessing of his life.


Reuters 09 Aug 2018, 11:26 PM United States

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has many reasons to be grateful, and his recent marriage to supermodel/actress Kate Upton just might be the biggest blessing of his life.

In fact, the 2011 Cy Young Award winner credits Upton for saving his baseball career, according to an article Thursday from Bleacher Report.

As a member of the Detroit Tigers in 2014, Verlander was slumping miserably with a soaring ERA and a disappointing win total. He was told by a Tigers coach to get an MRI on his sore shoulder. Figuring he would need surgery that would put his career in jeopardy, Verlander cried.

Severe depression came along with the physical injury.

"It was so emotional," Upton, who married Verlander last November, said in the Bleacher Report interview. "He was in so much pain, and he was just trying to find the best path back."

Upton helped Verlander find the way.

"She was instrumental in me not ... like, jumping off a bridge," Verlander told Bleacher Report about Upton, whom he first met in early 2012. "I was depressed and kind of just upset at the world and trying to hide my own (stuff). ... She was what I needed.

"I don't like to talk to people about being hurt. As athletes, you're not supposed to. It's an excuse. ... But she was someone I could talk to. I mean, basically a therapist."

The emotional support -- and working with a physical therapist after finding there was no structural damage to his shoulder -- helped Verlander rebound from a 15-12 record and 4.54 ERA in 2014 to eventually a return to form with the Tigers. Then he was traded to the Astros late last season for the pennant run that was capped by a World Series championship.

"She obviously had dealt with more than me in her life," Verlander said. "I mean, being a woman? Being in that industry? Being that famous? That was a level I hadn't dealt with."

Now good fortune continues to follow Verlander and Upton. He's enjoying one of his best seasons, going 11-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 204 strikeouts in 24 starts. Last month, she told the world she is pregnant with their first child.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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