In fact, it’s not baseball player or even a mascot. It’s a real life tiger cub, and she shared the photo of them cuddling with her Twitter followers on Friday.
Cuddling with my favorite tiger :) twitter.com/KateUpton/stat…
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) April 5, 2013
Interesting choice of words aside, it appears there’s no cold, calculated jab intended toward Detroit Tigers hurler Justin Verlander, who she’s been linked to for about a year and spotted with numerous times, though claims she’s not dating. According to the Detroit Free Press, Upton’s photo was actually a part of a recent modeling shoot.
Of course Verlander was also photographed with a tiger cub — that he jokingly (we think) referred to as his new pet — right around the day he signed his massive contract extension. That coincidence fueled rumors that Upton was taking a swipe at Verlander, having a little fun with past rumors, or even subtly hinting that the two may really be together.
Honestly, I have no idea what any of this really means, nor do I have the time or desire to figure it all out. I just know the photo elicited quite a reaction in social media circles, and hey, it's a chance to write about Kate Upton. Maybe she'll learn of my existence now.
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