Washington Nationals fans will root for their team tonight as it takes on the Houston Astros and one of their ace pitchers, Justin Verlander, in Game 2 of the World Series. Was it really three-plus years ago that Verlander, then hurling for the Detroit Tigers, visited the Capitol with his then-fiancee, supermodel Kate Upton, for a tour with Uncle Fred, R-Mich.? (That being Rep. Fred Upton.)
Indeed. And how quickly things change. Not only did Verlander and Kate Upton marry and Verlander add a World Series ring in 2017 after being traded to the Houston Astros that year, but Verlander was teammates back then with, who else? Nationals ace Max Scherzer.
Scherzer got the win in Tuesday night’s Game 1 in Houston, putting a wee bit of pressure on Verlander as he takes the mound against another Nationals ace, Stephen Strasburg, on Wednesday in Houston.
Scherzer, meanwhile, signed with the Nats in 2015 and did a little Capitol touring shortly afterward with his wife, Erica May-Scherzer, and Arizona’s Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake. Scherzer knew the senators from his days as an Arizona Diamondback.
When this whole World Series thing is over, we at HoH are all too willing to give tours for any Nats, Astros or anyone else who wants!