Justin Verlander Charms Kate Upton with Souvenir Baseball

Posted Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:53 PM GMT

There’s a well-known curse that when pro athletes begin dating famous females their performance on the field suffers, and that seems to be the case for Justin Verlander.

The Detroit Tigers pitcher, who is stinking up the season with a 10-9 record and 4.66 ERA, took his focus off the Yankees and tossed a baseball to his girlfriend Kate Upton, who was seated behind the Tigers dugout.

And while some fans felt the flirty gesture was sweet, hardcore Tigers fans slammed the formerly great pitcher for his shenanigans.

Meanwhile, Kate told Elle UK that though she’s a curvy girl, she’s struggled to be accepted by the fashion industry. "Agents have put me under pressure to lose weight in the past. I would go on set and clients loved me. And then I would go into an agency and feel like crap about myself. They would say, 'Just lose five more [pounds]!' But I couldn't give a crap. I still don't."

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