Justin Verlander and Kate Upton appear cozy at GQ Super Bowl party

Mark Townsend
Big League Stew

The much ballyhooed on-again, off-again relationship between Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander and model/actress Kate Upton is back on. It's official.

Well, as official as it can be without either of them actually making it official.

The new old couple appeared together at the GQ Super Bowl party at The Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room in New York on Friday night, and on this occasion there were no vague signals about their current relationship status. They were very forward with their affection and didn't seem to mind who snapped a photo.

They look cozy, and happy, which is a wonderful thing for both of them.

E! Online tells us more about the couple's apparent coming out party:

The blond bombshell was spotted showing off her moves while she danced with the handsome 30-year-old athlete, an eyewitness tells E! News. She was also joined by friends at the bash at the Standard Hotel's Boom Boom Room.

Upton was "very affectionate" with Verlander, while he was a "complete gentleman" and rubbed her back. They held hands at their booth and she rested her head on his shoulder.

How cute.

Last month, Verlander and Upton were spotted together at a Philadelphia Flyers hockey game, which fueled the initial speculation they were not only on good terms, but possibly dating again. Those rumors gained even more steam last weekend when they were seen holding hands at Gasparilla, the pirate-themed party held down in Tampa.

Now it seems safe to put the rumors and speculation to bed once and for all. The couple seems poised to enter spring training with their relationship out in the open, which we hope will lead to several Upton appearances at ballparks around the country. You know, because we're a sucker for the supportive girlfriend angle. It gets us every time.

Oh, and if she feels like breaking out the Victor Cruz salsa dance following every Verlander strikeout, we'd be cool with that, too.

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