Rocking a white pantsuit, a pregnant Kate Upton watched her husband, Justin Verlander, dominate another postseason start in Game 1. (Photo by F. Carter Smith/PaperCity.)
Kate Upton returned to sit in the first row, right behind home plate, for Game 2 of the ALDS. (Photo by F. Carter Smith.)
Astros ace Justin Verlander held the Indians without a single hit for the first five innings. (Photo by F. Carter Smith.)
Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jim Crane and Tilman Fertitta all enjoyed seats behind home plate for a 2019 Astros game. (Photo by F. Carter Smith.)
Orbitz tormented the Cleveland Indians in his own way before Justin Verlander did. (Photo by F. Carter Smith.)
As Justin Verlander left the Cleveland Indians swinging at air, his biggest fan stood and clapped along in her suite above the field. Kate Upton may be pregnant, but that doesn’t mean she is sitting down on her fandom.
Rocking a white pantsuit, Upton looked like a glamorous business tycoon. Which she is. The supermodel did not make a big deal about being in the stands for her husband’s dominant Game 1 performance. TBS’s cameras never found her.
This wasn’t a publicity play. Kate Upton was just there to support her guy — and the Houston Astros.
Watching with some of Verlander’s family, Upton saw Verlander throw five innings of no hit ball before he got removed with one out in the top of the sixth inning. (For PaperCity photographer F. Carter Smith’s exclusive photo of the scene, check out the photo gallery above this story.)
With the pressure of her husband pitching gone, Upton returned to Minute Maid Park for Game 2 of the playoff series with the Cleveland Indians. This time, she sat in the front row behind home plate, right next to Astros owner Jim Crane’s wife, Whitney.
Of course, Upton is something of a regular at Minute Maid Park at this point. She and Verlander got married in a dreamy Italian wedding just days after the Astros won Game 7 of the World Series last November. She revealed that the couple is expecting their first child in an Instagram post in July.
But she’s still ready for the postseason — baby bump and all.
The 26-year-old Upton wasn’t the only power player in the ballpark for Game 1. Down below, closer to the field — actually as close as you can get, we’re talking about the first few rows behind home plate in the Astros’ plush Diamond Club seating, a Who’s Who of Houston sports royalty took in the action.
Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Astros owner Jim Crane and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta all sat within a few seats of each other. Talk about some legendary seating.
Of course, the defending World Series champions’ playoff opener still belonged to one ace, the guy who as Astros reliever Ryan Pressly notes is “a future Hall of Famer for a reason,” Kate Upton’s man.
“He’s tremendous,” Astros pitching great Roy Oswald says of Verlander, with his performance barely more than 24 hours old.
Of course, no one needs to tell Kate Upton that.
For more on Verlander and Alex Bregman’s tone setting in Game 1, read PaperCity’s column on the game.