The Houston Astros have not been getting much good press lately. Spring training games featured countless coverage about their nefarious shortcuts, constant harassment from opposing fans, and even some pitchers throwing at their batters. But then in a flash, the season was on hold, and sports fans suddenly had much bigger concerns.
And now the Astros are in the news again, but this time for something good, as star pitcher Justin Verlander released a statement about the checks he, and every MLB player, will continue to receive every week.
He’s giving his away.
Every week, Verlander and his model-wife Kate Upton will be giving money to a charity fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Obviously, this is an extremely difficult time for the entire world,” Verlander said on Instagram. “There’s so many people that are in need, whether it’s those in the front lines battling this disease head on or someone who’s at home and has lost their job and needs to provide basic necessities, such as food and water. We have decided to donate that paycheck.”
They are also hoping to inspire more good works, writing “We know everyone is impacted by the crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you…to look to those around you who need a helping hand.”
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Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended. @kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they’re doing during the COVID-19 crisis. Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home. As soon as the first paycheck is received we will be highlighting the first organization. We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand. #covid19 #flattenthecurve
Verlander, like all MLB players, is only receiving a fraction of his salary during the shutdown. Of course, his salary is north of $30 million, so even that fraction can do some major good for a number of different charities.
Verlander was the Cy Young winner last season, and now he’s setting an example off the field.
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