The Yankees can thank Kate Upton for Justin Verlander ending up on the Astros and ruining their playoff run in 2017.
In an interview with FanRag, the Astros pitcher said that in the closing minutes of the 2017 MLB trade deadline, his then-fiancee gave him the green light to waive his no-trade clause with the Tigers to head to Houston.
“When I said ‘let’s do it,’ she was right there, and she said, ‘Hell yeah, Let’s go,'” Verlander said. “If she was like ‘eh, I’m not sure,’ that would have changed history.”
Verlander said if Upton had said no, he would’ve stayed in Detroit.
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For 35 minutes before the deadline, Verlander said he spoke to friends, family, Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel and Astros owner Jim Crane before turning to his future wife.
The trade ended up working out great for both Verlander and the Astros.
Verlander was named the ALCS MVP after shutting down the Yankees in both his starts last postseason, one of which included a 13-strikeout complete game in Game 2.
Houston also went on to win the World Series in seven games against the Dodgers, the first title in franchise history and the first of Verlander’s career.
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The 35-year-old finished the postseason with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 2.21 and 38 strikeouts.
Three days after the championship win, Verlander and Upton got married on Nov. 4 in Italy.
The Astros pitcher will look to win his second World Series title this year as Houston’s quest to repeat kicks off on Opening Day Thursday. The Astros start their season in Texas against the Rangers Thursday afternoon.