Kate Upton admittedly changed her baseball allegiances from the New York Yankees to Detroit Tigers after she officially began dating Justin Verlander in 2013. And hey, nobody should hold that against her. She just wants to stand by her man and support his team. However, it sounds like that very public change-of-heart led to some awkward moments when she visited Yankee Stadium last week.
As you've probably seen or heard by now, Upton was seated directly behind the Tigers' dugout to watch Verlander's Tigers play against the Yankees on Monday night. At one point, they even had a fun exchange where Upton finally convinced Verlander to toss her a souvenir baseball. It was a light-hearted and fun moment, but apparently that's as far as the Yankees were willing to let her go to show her support for Detroit.
While filling in for Kelly Ripa on Friday's Live! with Kelly and Michael, Upton revealed to co-host Michael Strahan that the Yankees specifically told her she couldn't wear any Tigers' gear while sitting in the Legends seats at Yankee Stadium.
You can watch her talk about it around the 2:35 mark of the video above. The Detroit Free Press also has the quotes.
“I used to be a really big Yankees fan,” Upton told Strahan, before continuing: “But I’m sleeping with the enemy.”
“My boyfriend plays for the Tigers,” Upton said. “I had to pick a side. And I felt it too, when I walked in. The Yankees told me, ‘You’re not allowed to wear a Tigers hat. You’re not allowed to wear any Tigers gear.’ It’s like a bad breakup.”
A bitter breakup even.
Then again, this could be a similar situation to last season when Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick asked Los Angeles Dodgers fans seated in the home plate box seats to change out of their Dodgers gear or change seats because they don't want fans featured prominently on camera wearing opposing colors. It's not clear what the current Yankees policy is on that, so maybe someone more familiar with the Legends Seats can shed some light on that.
It's funny, too, because we noted the famous "Seinfeld" scene where Elaine refuses to remove her Baltimore Orioles cap at Yankees Stadium during the Kendrick story.
It almost makes us wish Upton had defied the orders so we could have seen that scene come to life. Maybe in October!
It's also worth mentioning that Upton says she'll still wear her Yankees hat from time to time, but only to make Verlander angry before a start.
“He actually told me ‘I like to be angry before I pitch.’ He didn’t tell me before, so he’d seem like he was in a bad mood before he pitched, so I’d be like joke, joke, joke, joke, joke, trying to cheer him up. And then he got mad at me, he was like, ‘Stop making me laugh, I’m trying to be angry.’ I went straight to wearing a Yankees cap.
“He always says anytime we’re fighting I wear a Yankees hat. And when we’re getting along I’m wearing a Detroit hat.”
So if we see Upton wearing a Yankees hat in public any time soon, that might be a really bad sign for Verlander.
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