Let this be a lesson to all big-name athletes: Fame carries a heavy price.
Take it away, Dr. Evil.
The Houston Astros made a ton of enemies in Los Angeles when they knocked out the city’s Dodgers in a World Series win last year. Justin Verlander, one of Houston’s all-star pitchers, learned that the hard way on Friday when he went out for lunch in Beverly Hills.
When the bill arrived for Verlander’s lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, it featured some truly troubling numbers: A $1,000,181 lunch charge, plus another $95,017.20 in tax. Total cost: $1,095,198.20.
The source of the extremely jacked up price was noted in black and white on the bill, an “Open Miscellaneous” charge attributed to “Dodger Killer.” Verlander, killer of Dodgers, earned himself a $1 million surcharge for daring to show his face in a Los Angeles eatery.
The whole thing was a joke, obviously, and one that Verlander took in stride. He’s also one of the highest-paid players in baseball, and surely could have paid this bill no problem. He should be more up in arms over paying $42 for a salad. I don’t care how famous it is.