Soon she got down to planning the multi-day Italian wedding they wanted, as Verlander put it, to “feel like a vacation with 100 of our closest friends and family and someone just happens to get married.”
In the closing months of the 2017 season, he was traded from the Tigers, a team whose playoff hopes had all but withered, to the Astros, who were eyeing a deep post-season run and believed an all-star pitcher with World Series experience just might be the piece they needed. With the couple’s Nov. 4 Tuscan vows already planned, they looked anxiously at the schedule ahead. Of course they hoped Verlander would still be playing come championship time, but it’d be ideal if he and his teammates could wrap things up and grab their rings before it was time for him to hop a flight to Europe and get another one.
“Literally when we’re planning this thing, we’re talking like, you know, best case scenario, we go to the World Series, there’s really literally only one thing that could throw a huge wrench in all of our plans,” Verlander shared during their joint appearance on The Tonight Show that November. “It’s not the World Series. It’s going to