Fred Upton gives Verlander tour of Washington

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Rep Fred Upton played host to Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

The St. Joseph Republican gave the Tigers’ ace – along with Verlander’s fiancee, supermodel Kate Upton – a tour of the nation’s capital. News of the tour broke when the trio were photographed together on Instagram by Walt Cronkite, a producer for CBS News.

“It’s always good to see family, and it just so happens that Kate is in town to watch Justin and the Tigers take on the (Washington) Nationals and (Baltimore) Orioles, so I was able to give them a quick tour of the Capitol,” Upton said through a spokesman Tuesday.

Kate, Upton’s niece, revealed her engagement to Verlander during the 2016 MET Gala last week in New York.

Verlander and the Tigers were there to play the Nationals for a three-game series that ends today. Despite the three-day stay, Verlander is not scheduled to pitch in the series because of a Sunday start against the Texas Rangers.

Upton serves Michigan’s 6th congressional district, which includes St. Joseph, where he and Kate Upton were born.

Upton is chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on May 11, 2016)


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