Astros Pitcher Justin Verlander Handed $1 Million Lunch Bill for Being ‘Dodger Killer’

World Series winner tweets Beverly Hills Hotel prank

Last Updated: August 24, 2018 @ 3:27 PM

Dodgers fans are not to be messed with, a lesson Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander learned on Friday.

Verlander tweeted a photo of a hefty restaurant receipt from the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Cabana Cafe. After a rather pricey latte and $10 cranberry juice, there was an even bigger charge: $1 million charge for “Open Miscellaneous Dodger Killer” fees. The receipt prank referenced Verlander’s role in defeating the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series playoffs.

The tax on the meal alone came out to just under $100,000. And though brunch in Los Angeles is notorious for being a weekend splurge (see: $42 salad), the $1 million bill was clearly outrageous.

Verlander took the jab in stride, captioning the photo, “#BeverlyHillsHotel really making me pay for that World Series win,” adding, “Thanks for the great lunch as always!”

Technically, Verlander isn’t exactly the “Dodger killer” the Beverly Hills Hotel thinks him to be. The pitcher started two games in the World Series against the Dodgers. But he was the losing pitcher in Game 6, allowing the L.A. team its third win in the 2017 series. (Verlander, prepped in the bullpen in case he was needed, didn’t even pitch in the Astros’ championship-winning game.)

Verlander made another trip to Los Angeles not too long ago, accompanying his wife, model Kate Upton, to the Maxim Hot 100 Experience at the Hollywood Palladium in July.