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Mets winning Subway World Series ‘would have changed a lot of lives’

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The following is, of course, a fictitious account of the 2000 World Series that was, of course, not won by a New York team known as the Mets:

Derek Jeter was slumped in his chair and staring blankly into his Yankee Stadium locker. Joe Torre was locked behind his office door, weeping softly at his desk. George Steinbrenner was pacing manically in the clubhouse, ready to say something that might inspire a week’s worth of back pages.

The Yankees had just lost Game 7 of the 2000 World Series to the Mets, and the home team was dying a thousand deaths. The Yankees had won the previous two titles, and three of four, and Steinbrenner was hunting for a TV network to call his own, a platform to push new-age pinstriped mythology to an insatiable fan base. He wouldn’t sell his baseball team to Cablevision because its chairman, Charles Dolan, wouldn’t let him keep running the Yankees or honor his request to also run the Cablevision-owned Knicks and Rangers.

Steinbrenner wanted to impose his will on every relevant sports franchise in town … and especially on the Mets.

“You’d better f—ing win or else,” the Boss had told general manager Brian Cashman.

“From a company standpoint, the city was ours,” Cashman said later. “The city was at stake, the television contract was at stake, the entire financial power of the business was at stake. I felt like if we lost to the Mets, it would’ve diminished our three championships. It would’ve been like they didn’t count. … I’d never before been scared of losing. But I was scared of losing to the Mets.”

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Mike Piazza hits a two-run homer off Denny Neagle in the 2000 World Series
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His worst fears were confirmed. Mike Piazza’s three-run homer in Game 6 sent the Subway Series barreling into a Game 7 the Yankees played as their GM felt — scared of losing to the Mets. When Armando Benitez struck out Bernie Williams with two outs in the ninth, freezing for eternity the 7-2 final score, Bobby Valentine bear-hugged his coaches and summoned his father-in-law, Ralph Branca, down to the field. Branca had surrendered the most devastating home-run in the city’s rich baseball history, and Valentine wanted the former Dodgers pitcher to feel on this night what Bobby Thomson and the pennant-winning Giants felt nearly a half century earlier.

It was a glorious moment for Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who earlier had been lectured by Steinbrenner about the second-rate furniture in Shea Stadium’s visitors clubhouse. Who was the second-rate operator now that the Mets were booked for a parade up the Canyon of Heroes?

After he tried to shower off the permanent Game 7 stains, Jeter told the media it would be difficult to continue living as a prince of the city, surrounded by taunting Mets fans. A disconsolate Torre said he would meet with Steinbrenner in the coming days to discuss his future, or lack thereof, and a gutted Cashman said the same.

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Derek Jeter is unable to get to a ball hit by Todd Zeile
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“We felt we had the horses to win, but we didn’t get the job done,” a steamed Steinbrenner said. “I know Joe feels terrible about it, as he should. That Valentine did a hell of a job, and the Mets showed a lot of fight. We’ll be back to work first thing in the morning to give our fans the championship team they deserve. If my people say we need to make changes, I won’t be afraid to make them.”


Had the Mets actually won the 2000 World Series, rather than losing it to the Yankees in five (as they did), some very interesting local things might have gone down.

  • Out of desperation, Steinbrenner might have topped the Rangers’ record $252 million bid for Alex Rodriguez that offseason.
  • With or without A-Rod, the Boss would have been tougher on Jeter in negotiations and likely would’ve signed him for a little less than $189 million.
  • Empowered by their conquest of the Yankees, the Wilpons might have better navigated their many crises, dodged their Loserville labels, and (who knows?) never felt compelled to sell to Steve Cohen down the road.
  • Valentine would be an entirely different historical figure in the game.
  • If Torre and Cashman weren’t fired after losing a Game 7 to the Mets, they might’ve been after losing Game 7 to the Diamondbacks the following year.

Asked what might have been had the Mets won their third championship 21 years ago, Valentine said: “When we go to golf tournaments, Yankee players who were on world championship teams are there, and everyone’s excited about having those players play with them, where the same level of player on my Mets team doesn’t get that level of excitement. If we’d won in 2000, my players would be on the top of the list. I think it would have changed a lot of lives, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.”

Asked what might have been had the Yankees lost that Subway Series, Cashman said: “The Boss put so much pressure on us, but we won. I don’t waste my time thinking about things that didn’t come to pass. I do waste my time thinking about opportunities lost, but in 2000, that was not an opportunity lost.”

Damn right it wasn’t.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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