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Yankees’ Aaron Judge approves of blatant Astros trolling

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DENVER — They’re throwing an Astro-free All-Star Game at Coors Field. For everyone, at least, besides Aaron Judge.

The Yankees’ slugger, starting in right field and hitting cleanup for the American League in Tuesday night’s Midsummer Classic, found himself fielding a number of queries about his team’s fierce recent rival. That fierceness displayed itself big time over the weekend at Minute Maid Park, the Yankees winning the series yet failing to close out a three-game sweep when, amazingly, Chad Green served up a three-run, walk-off homer to the loathed-in-The-Bronx Jose Altuve.

That the Astros then tore off Altuve’s jersey at home, in the wake of Judge’s shirt-protecting jog around the bases Saturday night — after Houston’s Martin Maldonado already had pulled down his jersey, as if to showcase the absence of a hidden wire — only poured more gas on the enmity that clearly exists between the two clubs.

And for public consumption, at least, Judge offered full approval of his opponent’s counterattacks.

“I didn’t see the Maldonado thing. Somebody talked about it,” Judge said Monday, the All-Star Game’s media day. “I did see, after the game, them ripping off the jersey and everything. That’s fun. He just hit a walk-off homer to win the game. That’s big time. You do whatever you want. You can celebrate. You can walk around the bases. It’s all part of the game, you know?”

All four Astros selected for this game — Altuve, Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa and Ryan Pressly — bowed out of what would have been the club’s first industry-wide platform since Major League Baseball concluded Houston illegally stole signs during its 2017 championship run.

“They’ve got their priorities. They need to heal up, get ready,” Judge said of the Astros’ players. “They’ve got family stuff, injuries, anything like that. They’re trying to play it smart and do what’s best for them and the team. That’s their choice.”

When a reporter suggested the players didn’t want to get booed, Judge smiled and replied, “You said it, not me. I’m not too sure. I’m not in their shoes.”

Jose Altuve celebrates his game-winning home run against the Yankees on Sunday.
Jose Altuve celebrates his game-winning home run against the Yankees on Sunday.
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If the Yankees played the rest of the industry as tough as they played the Astros, against whom they won four of six, then they wouldn’t be teetering on the verge of irrelevance at the All-Star break. At 46-43, residing in fourth place in the American League East — eight games behind the leading Red Sox and 4 ½ games behind the A’s for the second AL wild card — their season is actually better represented by their two losses to their Astros, failures to close out sweeps thanks to a pair of three-run Altuve homers against Green. What a pinstriped roller coaster.

“That’s baseball. You’re going to have ups and downs. You’re going to have crazy moments,” Judge said. “But … the last couple of series, we’ve kind of been, I feel like, turning the corner. We’re still going to have some crazy games where stuff like that happens or we don’t hit or the pitchers don’t do something. That’s going to happen. But as long as we continue to keep having great at-bats as hitters and pitchers keep doing their job like they’ve been doing, I’m looking forward to what we can do in this second half. It’s going to be a fun one.”

Aaron Judge, Martin Maldonado Yankees Astros
Aaron Judge (l), Martin Maldonado
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Quite the optimistic take, the Yankees’ 5-2 stretch to close out the first half notwithstanding. Judge even pinned a fair share of Sunday’s loss on the offense, noting the 14 men left on base.

“That’s what really cost us the game,” he said.

If the Yankees can defy the odds, as well as our dramatically moderated expectations, and somehow advance to the postseason, they might very well get a chance to face the Astros for the third October in five years. It’s a matchup the baseball world and its media partners would welcome given the history there. Judge’s Saturday shade-throwing, after all, emanated from suspicion over Altuve’s refusal to remove his jersey upon blasting a pennant-winning home run off Aroldis Chapman in 2019, an offshoot of MLB’s confirmed findings.

“I think that’s what happens when you get two good ball clubs that want to win, have a desire to win,” Judge said. “We have a past of playing each other in big games in the postseason. You’re going to have that type of energy.

“The Red Sox series, I feel like those are our rivals. Playing in our division and seeing them so much, I feel like those are our true rivals.”

Well, as coincidence would have it, the Yankees open the second half with four games against their true rivals, starting Thursday night. The Red Sox own a dominant, 6-0 edge in the season series. It’ll present an immediate test of Judge’s desired corner turn and whether he and his teammates can stop October from being Yankee-free.

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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.
New York DMV
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
New York DMV
“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.”
New York DMV
BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
New York DMV

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.
New York DMV
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.
New York DMV
“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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