Justin Verlander: How Kate Upton kept him from killing himself

The Houston Astro’s pitching ace Justin Verlander certainly seems to have the good life.

  • He’s recently wed to über-hottie supermodel Kate Upon, as well as announcing she’s expecting their first child
  • In 2013, he signed a $202 million contract with his then team, the Detroit Tigers

    “Too fat” to pose for SI… seriously?
  • Since being traded to the rival  Houston Astros, Verlander has added a pure gold World Series championship ring, complete with 188 diamonds and sapphires to his jewelry collection

Yeah… it’s good to be the king.

Then factor in that at the age of 35, considered too old by many to even be a starting pitcher of major league caliber, he’s now throwing a career-best miniscule 2.16 ERA.

Nonetheless, Verlander is still a mere mortal. In fact, there was a time not all that long ago he considered killing himself.

After a 2014 season ending shoulder injury that required him going under the knife (and possibly ending a superstar career that was really just starting to shine), the Virginia native found himself in a very, very dark place.

As CBS Sports reports;

According to Verlander, it’s all because of Upton being there for him in the middle of the 2014 season. That season, Verlander posted a 4.50 ERA — the only time in his career his ERA jumped over 4.00 — and he went 15-12 for the Tigers. The two had known each other since 2012. They married in 2017, almost immediately after Verlander won the World Series with the Astros.

“Who knows if I’m even here if it wasn’t for her?” Verlander told B/R Mag in the feature about how Upton helped him through his struggles. “She was instrumental in me not …l ike, jumping off a bridge. I was depressed and kind of just upset at the world and trying to hide my own s—.”

“I don’t like to talk to people about being hurt,” he said. “As athletes, you’re not supposed to. It’s an excuse … But she was someone I could talk to. I mean, basically a therapist. Somebody I could trust with … worries about my career. Worries about, Can I make it? Worries about what I’m going through to get back. And just the overall s–tiness of it all.”

Unbelievable as it seems, Upton took heat in 2012 when she posed for the now iconic Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Some took to social media complaining that Upton was “too fat” to be the showcased model.