Celebrity Baseball Fans: Tom Cruise and More

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Root, root, root! Over the years, plenty of celebrities have revealed themselves to be huge baseball fans — throwing the first pitch at games or hanging out in the stands during date night.

In June 2021, Emma Stone and her husband, Dave McCary, enjoyed a Padres game during a rare date night. McCary is a “lifelong Padres fan,” according to the announcer at a September 2017 game where he threw the first pitch.

“La La Land…Naaahhhh… More like, Padre Land! Thanks to Emma Stone and her Husband David McCary for visiting us in the booth. It was truly a pleasure! Go Padres! #bestactress,” the Padres’ TV analyst Mark Grant wrote via Twitter after meeting the couple, pairing his caption with a picture of them hanging out in his private booth.

Some celebrities have taken their baseball dates a step further. In October 2013, Kanye West pulled off a top-secret proposal for his now-estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, at AT&T Stadium, the home of the San Francisco Giants. The rapper popped the question by setting up the Jumbotron to read “PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!”

“It was magical,” a source told Us Weekly at the time. “It was the most romantic thing ever — the ultimate surprise!”

Baseball was the star of another love story as well. Kate Upton and her husband, Justin Verlander, met in February 2012 on the set of a commercial for the Major League Baseball 2K12 video game.

“It’s been such an incredible decade! Meeting my best friend, getting married and starting a family has been the most amazing gift ever!!! Nothing tops that,” Verlander, a pitcher for the Astros, wrote via Instagram in December 2019 as he reflected on how love and baseball had impacted his life. “On the field … winning a championship, throwing a couple no hitters and winning a few awards along the way has been an incredible journey. The friendships that have grown or began this past decade will continue on for decades to come. Truly blessed 🙏🏻🙏🏻.”

Baseball also loves the stars back. After Jennifer Lopez was spotted hanging out with her ex — and noted Red Sox superfan — Ben Affleck in May 2021, the team reached out to let the “I’m Real” singer know she was welcome back in the bleachers anytime.

“Miss you, J-Lo ❤,” the Red Sox wrote via TikTok. “We will never forget you. Come back soon. “

The baseball-based convo surrounding the couple continued when Lopez’s ex, Alex Rodriguez, was asked about the Hustlers actress’ reunion with the Argo producer.

“Go Yankees,” the longtime MLB star cheekily told TMZ at the time. While his comment may have been an innocent nod at his former team, it might’ve also been a playful dig at Affleck’s beloved Boston team — a.k.a. the Yankees’ biggest rivals.

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