April 4, 2020 | 5:17pm | Updated April 4, 2020 | 8:26pm
This is one reason to cheer one specific Astro.
Star pitcher Justin Verlander announced in a video on Instagram with supermodel wife Kate Upton that he will be donating his paychecks to different organizations every week helping families deal with losses caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation.
MLB recently announced it will be paying players while the league is shutdown, and so Verlander, an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young award winner, will be using the money he receives to help those in need.
“Obviously, this is an extremely difficult time for the entire world,” Verlander said in the video. “There’s so many people that are in need, whether it’s those on the front lines battling this disease head-on or someone who is at home and has lost their job and needs to provide basic necessities such as food and water.”
Verlander, who has made $229,366,000 during 15 years in MLB, was slated to make $33 million this year; however, it is unclear whether baseball players will receive their full salary as the start date of the season has been pushed back due to the virus.
The 37-year-old Verlander, like many Astros, were chastised by baseball fans all over after MLB found that Houston had illegally stolen signs in the past — though that storyline largely disappeared in wake of the pandemic.