On the eve of his team’s appearance in the World Series, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who will be starting Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, took part in an in-depth interview with Bob Nightengale of the USA Today.
A multitude of topics were addressed and/or discussed in the extensive profile piece, including his routine of eating Taco Bell the nights before starts and the persistent rumors about him dating Kate Upton and how the cat appeared to be let out of the bag by way of a gossip site tracking down his 87-year-old grandfather looking for a quote.
Verlander would neither confirm nor deny that he’s dating the buxom bikini supermodel, saying the following (via USA Today):
“I’m not confirming or denying anything,” Verlander says, laughing and acknowledging that even his teammates are curious. “I’ll leave that to my grandfather. God bless him.”
The grandfather, of course, is Richard Verlander Sr. Celebuzz somehow managed to not only track down the elderly man but also snagged a quote from Verlander’s grandpa about his grandson’s dating life that seemed to confirm that Verlander is dating Upton, something the Tigers pitcher and his father didn’t much appreciate:
“I never thought I’d have to prepare my grandfather for the media,” Verlander tells USA TODAY Sports. “It’s a whole different world. I can’t believe that people would call my grandparents. It’s tough when people start trying to dig into your personal life.”
Says Richard Verlander, Justin’s father: “It’s pretty amazing that somebody gets paid to talk to an 87-year-old man to ask who his grandson is dating. You have to laugh, but we did have to counsel Pa-pa.”
It’s hard not to argue with both Verlanders on this one, but the lengths gossip sites will go to nowadays to obtain a juicy scoop, which apparently includes convincing an elderly man to dish on his star baseball-playing grandson who may or may not be dating one of the sexiest women in the world. As far as Justin Verlander is concerned, I suppose he might as well just accept these kinds of annoyances are part and parcel of being the most dominant pitcher in the major leagues. The prying eyes of the paparazzi peering into a celebrity’s personal life unfortunately go with the territory. Although it’s not like Verlander usually has anything more important to worry about other than whether or not a gossip site is presently accosting his grandpa, right? He’s only pitching in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday, for crying out loud.