Justin and Kate Do The Tonight Show

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton on the Tonight Show
With Host Jimmy Fallon
November 17, 2017


The Verlanders are back in The States from their European Wedding trip. On Friday night, they also made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss their already fairy book story of the move that allowed Justin to join the Houston Astros in time to become a member of the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros. No word was expressed by either Justin Verlander or Kate Upton of the vital role that that he played in the delivery of that joyous outcome, nor did host Jimmy Fallon delve into the particulars of that aspect either.

Fallon did draw from Verlander the admission that it was the 1st World Series winner’s ring in his experience and that it had come about so unexpectedly in the 13th season of his MLB career in the waning seconds it took on the night of August 31, 2017 for him to finally OK the sudden trade from Detroit to Houston. Kate brought out how the mixture of business issues mixed with much emotion about change on this level did not make it easy for either of them.

Then there was the matter of the big wedding plan in Europe. Even that one wasn’t going to get in the way of a real chance to reach the World Series in Houston, but they already had made some heavy commitments with a number of guests and wedding preparation people for certain dates of availability in Europe after the season long before the trade came up.

Justin pointed out that they had planned the wedding for after the World Series, even though it wasn’t likely that Detroit would be directly involved anyway. We suppose they did this in the wisdom that some kind of late trade might get Justin traded to a club that made it to the World Series a real possibility.

“We had taken the World Series into account,” Justin explained. “We simply had not counted on one that might go seven games.”

As a result, the 7th game factor had backed the Upton-Verlander Wedding up against the wall with Father Time.

“On the day the Series finally ended,” Kate parenthetically added, “people were calling from Europe to say that they were having fun at some of our planned pre-marriage parties and only wished that we could have been there too.” The couple had to hop a plane immediately after Game 7 and go straight to Europe, regretfully missing the big parade and celebration of the World Series victory in Houston on the Friday of two weeks ago.

No foul. No penalty.

We understand, Kate. We also understand that whoever tried to make you feel bad about not already being there in Europe because of Game 7 was definitely neither an Astros Baseball fan or a Houstonian.

That’s about it. The time the “Astros couple” spent with Fallon was short, sweet, and simple. – Everybody literally loves Jason Verlander and Kate Upton – and we all wish them well with much health and happiness.

Fallon did use Carlos Correa’s outrageously public proposal at the end of Game 7 as a basis for asking Kate and Justin how their proposal experience worked out by comparison.

The Verlander Proposal to Kate Upton was private, occurring much earlier than his trade to Houston.

The Proposal. “When I realized what was happening,” Kate expressed – with much joy and energy, I might add – “I did not want Justin to think that I was more interested in the ring than I was in his words.

As a result, Kate avoided looking at the ring as he spoke. She made the effort to look him in the eye and let him know by her body language that she was hanging on his every word. Once the famous “will you marry me?” line came out from Justin, it was greeted by the safe landing of a smiling nod of “yes” from Kate, plus a monster kiss and a hug as her emphatic affirmation of support for the idea. The couple then collapsed into the gleeful contentment of a true love embrace.

That’s when curiosity took over.

“What’s the matter, Kate?” Justin asked. “You’ve hardly looked at your engagement ring. …. Didn’t you like it?”


Hallelujah, America! – With couples like Justin and Kate still rolling through the marriage gate, there may be hope for the future after all.



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


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