web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Releases (Page 35)

Panera Bread employee who posted TikTok video ‘exposing’ how mac and cheese is prepared was fired

The woman behind a now-viral video “exposing” how Panera Bread prepares its mac and cheese says she was fired from the company.

The video, originally posted last week on the social media app TikTok with the caption “exposing Panera,” shows an employee drop a plastic packet of frozen mac and cheese into a boiler, cut the bag open and then pour its contents into a bowl.

The woman who posted it gives a thumbs up at the end of the clip. The video quickly drew criticism as commenters slammed the chain restaurant for selling frozen food instead of mac and cheesed that is actually cooked in the kitchen.

“Someone said Panera is just hospital food and this proves it,” one person commented.

Some online users expressed that they weren’t surprised in the least by Panera Bread’s apparent food preparation.

“I don’t get what she’s exposing? Did people really think there was a chef hanging out in the kitchen of Panera Bread making their Mac and Cheese?” one user tweeted. “This is literally how every fast food joint operates, don’t be fooled.”

Backlash over the video didn’t just fall on Panera Bread as the unidentified woman behind the video announced Friday on Twitter that she lost her job over it. “Lol i lost my job for this,” she tweeted.

Westlake Legal Group paneramacandcheese Panera Bread employee who posted TikTok video 'exposing' how mac and cheese is prepared was fired Gerren Keith Gaynor fox-news/food-drink/food/restaurants fox news fnc/food-drink fnc f69083f3-5430-522b-ba22-a51e9dca4e00 article

Some online users expressed that they weren’t surprised in the least by Panera Bread’s apparent food preparation. (iStock)

A spokesperson for Panera Bread confirmed the video’s authenticity but declined to comment further on personnel matters, according to the Washington Post. The company defended its preparation of the mac and cheese, the Post reports, which it says is a patently Panera product “made offsite with our proprietary recipe developed by our chefs.”

“It is shipped frozen to our bakery cafes — this allows us to avoid using preservatives which do not meet our clean standards,” a statement said.

Westlake Legal Group paneramacandcheese Panera Bread employee who posted TikTok video 'exposing' how mac and cheese is prepared was fired Gerren Keith Gaynor fox-news/food-drink/food/restaurants fox news fnc/food-drink fnc f69083f3-5430-522b-ba22-a51e9dca4e00 article   Westlake Legal Group paneramacandcheese Panera Bread employee who posted TikTok video 'exposing' how mac and cheese is prepared was fired Gerren Keith Gaynor fox-news/food-drink/food/restaurants fox news fnc/food-drink fnc f69083f3-5430-522b-ba22-a51e9dca4e00 article

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Poll: Majority of Dems in early voting states want Trump imprisoned

Westlake Legal Group VSlq21EqvoIs-1fKJ34HiwrJOsnRaurCgLY6sTqyHq8 Poll: Majority of Dems in early voting states want Trump imprisoned r/politics

This is something I never understood. I think it’s great when a Democrat goes to jail for the following reason:

Think of the parties like houses on a street. When a Republican goes to jail after a fair trial, I say, “Good, we got a criminal out of our neighborhood.”

When a Democrat goes to jail after a fair trial, I think, “GOOD! We got a criminal OUT OF MY HOUSE.”

After the first few you start thinking, “perhaps I need to pick my tenants better.”

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

How Bolivia’s Evo Morales Could Win A 4th Term As President

Westlake Legal Group gettyimages-114484587_custom-df891f58e8d98600e193b2dbe3f4ca53dfe7a5c3-s1100-c15 How Bolivia's Evo Morales Could Win A 4th Term As President

Bolivian President Evo Morales (right) with Vice President Álvaro García Linera launch their campaign for reelection in Chimore, Cochabamba department, Bolivia on May 18. The election is set for Oct. 20. Noah Friedman-Rudovsky/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption

Noah Friedman-Rudovsky/AFP/Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  How Bolivia's Evo Morales Could Win A 4th Term As President

Bolivian President Evo Morales (right) with Vice President Álvaro García Linera launch their campaign for reelection in Chimore, Cochabamba department, Bolivia on May 18. The election is set for Oct. 20.

Noah Friedman-Rudovsky/AFP/Getty Images

After he was reelected to a third term in 2014, President Evo Morales attended a symbolic swearing-in ceremony at the ancient ruins of Tiwanaku in western Bolivia, wearing an embroidered gown and headdress of an Incan emperor.

Now, as Bolivia’s first president of Indigenous descent attempts to win a fourth consecutive term in the Oct. 20 election, critics contend that Morales is acting more like an emperor than a president.

They point to his decision last year to move his office and government ministries into a luxurious new skyscraper in La Paz. The 29-story building, which features a jacuzzi, a sauna and a heliport on the roof, towers over the colonial-style buildings in the capital’s historical district.

Approaching 14 years in office, Morales is already the longest-serving president in Bolivian history, while his Movement Toward Socialism party controls all branches of government as well as much of the Bolivian media. And now he is pushing the legal envelope to remain in power.

In 2016, Morales tried to amend Bolivia’s constitution so he could run for a fourth term but voters narrowly rejected the proposal in a referendum. Rather than accept the result, Morales appealed to the nation’s highest court which, according to analysts, is packed with the president’s allies. The judges ruled that Morales’ reelection bid could proceed on the grounds that the president’s human rights would have been violated were he not allowed on the ballot.

“Of course Morales should not be a candidate, but that’s the way dictators operate,” says María Ángela Alvizuri, 38, a La Paz homemaker, as she stared at the presidential skyscraper.

Diego Ayo, a newspaper columnist and opposition activist, says Morales is starting to resemble other elected presidents in Latin America who are turning increasingly authoritarian — like Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

Under Morales “we have had a gradual deterioration of democracy,” he says. “It would be really naive to say that we are in a democracy just because we hold elections.”

But to supporters, Morales has ushered in a Bolivian renaissance after years of violent street protests, political turmoil and economic depressions in South America’s poorest country. Between 2003 and 2005 — the year Morales was first elected — Bolivia cycled through three presidents.

A former union organizer and a member of the Aymara Indigenous group, Morales, 59, has ushered in a rare period of political stability while his decision to partially nationalize the country’s vital natural gas industry helped make its economy one of the fastest growing in Latin America. Morales was twice reelected by landslides in a country where more than 40% of the population is Indigenous.

“Many people see themselves in Morales and see that their children may be able to be president,” says Gonzalo Mendieta, a political analyst in La Paz. “That still has a lot of power in Bolivia.”

Westlake Legal Group 2019-10-02-bolivia-jotis_custom-67888e465489de46fe25d549b18772e4c639fe7d-s1100-c15 How Bolivia's Evo Morales Could Win A 4th Term As President

From left: Justina Loza and Juan Condori. John Otis for NPR hide caption

toggle caption

John Otis for NPR

Westlake Legal Group  How Bolivia's Evo Morales Could Win A 4th Term As President

From left: Justina Loza and Juan Condori.

John Otis for NPR

His appeal is apparent in the town of Tiwanaku, which sits about two hours from La Paz next to the ruins where Morales was sworn in. Like the president, most of the 800 or so residents here are Aymara Indians.

One of them, Juan Condori, owns a small plot of land on the outskirts of the village where he grows lettuce and celery. A government program helped him and dozens of neighboring farmers build greenhouses, which have helped them harvest more vegetables that they sell in La Paz.

“I like this government and want it to continue,” Condori says. “I don’t know where all this talk about Morales being a dictator comes from. If he were a dictator, bullets would be flying. There would be political prisoners and a state of siege. But this government doesn’t do that.”

Tiwanaku is also home to a new soccer stadium, a high school and a remodeled health clinic, projects that were funded by the Morales government. As she walks through the village, Justina Loza, a local artist, says that previous presidents ignored Bolivia’s Indigenous people. But as an Aymara Indian, she says, Morales “is always going to help us.”

Still, after years of economic expansion driven largely by the region’s demand for its natural gas and China’s hunger for its minerals, Bolivia’s economy is slowing. Government corruption scandals as well as the president’s decision to ignore the results of the referendum, have tarnished his image, according to analysts. In addition, his government was perceived as slow to respond to massive fires that have burned more than 6 million acres of forest and savanna in eastern Bolivia.

Morales remains the front-runner, however, several polls show Carlos Mesa, a centrist former president and the main opposition candidate, gaining ground. The most recent survey by La Paz daily Página Siete showed Morales with 33%, Mesa with 26% and Óscar Ortiz, a senator from eastern Santa Cruz state, in third place with 9%.

“I recognize the positive things” that Morales has brought to Bolivia, Mesa tells NPR. But he says a fourth term would be illegal and turn Morales into “an authoritarian strongman.”

To avoid a December runoff, Morales must garner at least 40% of the vote and top his closest rival by at least 10 points. Morales argues that voters should give him that margin and let him finish a job he started when he took office in 2006.

In one TV campaign spot, he looks directly into the camera and declares: “The country is doing well. But we need five more years.”

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Fake video of Trump shooting media and political opponents shown at conference: New York Times

CLOSEWestlake Legal Group icon_close Fake video of Trump shooting media and political opponents shown at conference: New York Times

Deepfakes are video manipulations that can make people say seemingly strange things. Barack Obama and Nicolas Cage have been featured in these videos. Just the FAQs, USA TODAY

Journalists are calling on President Donald Trump and his campaign to denounce a video edited to depict Trump violently murdering news organizations and political opponents.

The video was played at a conference hosted by a pro-Trump group at his Miami resort last week, according to a report in The New York Times. It includes the logo for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

In the video, which is an edited scene from the film “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” Trump enters a “Church of Fake News” and opens fire on members of the congregation, who have various news organizations’ logos or the faces of Democratic lawmakers and other critics superimposed onto their bodies. 

Trump proceeds to shot, stab and set fire to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

The video also shows House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is currently involved in pursuing the impeachment inquiry into Trump.

More: Public opinion inching closer toward Trump impeachment inquiry

Several news outlets are depicted being killed in the rampage, including Politico, NPR, HuffPost, The Washington Post, Slate and CNN. 

The White House Correspondents’ Association and CNN called on Trump to denounce the video.

“We have previously told the President his rhetoric would incite violence. Now we call on him and everybody associated with this conference to denounce this video and affirm that violence has no place in our society,” Jonathan Karl, the president of WHCA, said in a statement.

“The President and his family, the White House, and the Trump campaign need to denounce it immediately in the strongest possible terms. Anything less equates to a tacit endorsement of violence and should not be tolerated by anyone,” a CNN statement reads.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said Sunday evening, “Last year, a Trump supporter sent bombs to CNN—and a shooter entered a church yesterday. This video isn’t funny. It will get people killed.

An organizer for the conference confirmed that the video was shown but denounced its showing as part of a “meme exhibit” with content submitted by third parties, according to The New York Times. “This matter is under review,” said the organizer Alex Phillips.

Phillips also said on the conference’s website it was “shocking” that the Times did not report on other portions of the conference, “Including our panel conversation LITERALLY condemning political violence while claiming to be upset over a meme that was not sanctioned, shown on stage, or approved.”

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Donald Trump Jr. were reportedly scheduled to speak at the same three-day conference where the video was played. According to The Times, representatives for the two said they did not see the video.

A spokesperson for the Trump campaign told The New York Times that the campaign was not involved in the creation of the video, and “we do not condone violence.”

Trump has repeatedly referred to members of the American press as the “enemy of the people,” and attacked members of the press at his campaign rallies.

Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/14/violent-video-trump-shooting-media-critics-shown-conference/3972884002/

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Poll: Majority of Dems in early voting states want Trump imprisoned

Westlake Legal Group VSlq21EqvoIs-1fKJ34HiwrJOsnRaurCgLY6sTqyHq8 Poll: Majority of Dems in early voting states want Trump imprisoned r/politics

This is something I never understood. I think it’s great when a Democrat goes to jail for the following reason:

Think of the parties like houses on a street. When a Republican goes to jail after a fair trial, I say, “Good, we got a criminal out of our neighborhood.”

When a Democrat goes to jail after a fair trial, I think, “GOOD! We got a criminal OUT OF MY HOUSE.”

After the first few you start thinking, “perhaps I need to pick my tenants better.”

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Poll: Majority of Dems in early voting states want Trump imprisoned

Westlake Legal Group VSlq21EqvoIs-1fKJ34HiwrJOsnRaurCgLY6sTqyHq8 Poll: Majority of Dems in early voting states want Trump imprisoned r/politics

This is something I never understood. I think it’s great when a Democrat goes to jail for the following reason:

Think of the parties like houses on a street. When a Republican goes to jail after a fair trial, I say, “Good, we got a criminal out of our neighborhood.”

When a Democrat goes to jail after a fair trial, I think, “GOOD! We got a criminal OUT OF MY HOUSE.”

After the first few you start thinking, “perhaps I need to pick my tenants better.”

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Bernie Sanders slams Elizabeth Warren as ‘capitalist’

Westlake Legal Group 990505083001_6091021948001_6091014160001-vs Bernie Sanders slams Elizabeth Warren as ‘capitalist’ fox-news/politics/socialism fox-news/person/elizabeth-warren fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox news fnc/politics fnc article Alex Pappas 8d1511c1-5fd9-5cc6-a4af-ceef9a9db0ac

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist whose standing in the 2020 primary has become threatened by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s surge in the Democratic primary with progressive voters – is seeking to cut into the support of his rival by dismissing her as a “capitalist.”

“There are differences between Elizabeth and myself,” Sanders said during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Elizabeth I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I’m not.”

BILLIONAIRES COULD FACE UP TO 97.5 PERCENT TAX RATES UNDER SANDERS’ PLAN: ECONOMISTS

The comments come amid a rise in socialism in the Democratic Party, as candidates become more willing to openly embrace socialism over capitalism.

Warren last year reportedly said “I am a capitalist to my bones” when asked if she was a capitalist.

Sanders added in the interview he is not a capitalist because “I will not tolerate for one second the kind of greed and corruption and income and wealth inequality and so much suffering that is going on in this country today, which is unnecessary.”

It comes amid polling that Democrats now view socialism more positively than they do capitalism.

A Gallup poll this year found that 43 percent of Americans think socialism would be a good thing for the United States, while 51 percent say it would be a bad thing. Gallup noted that in 1942, a Roper/Fortune survey that found 40 percent of Americans described socialism as a bad thing while only 25 percent called it a good thing.

The polling is fresh evidence that attitudes toward socialism are changing, amid the popularity in the Democratic Party of democratic socialists like Sanders and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pushes policies like “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal.

Meanwhile, two economists at the University of California, Berkeley, claim that billionaires could face a 97.5 percent average effective tax rate under Sanders’ plan, which would easily thump other Democrats running for president in 2020.

Emmanuel Saez, one of the professors, told Bloomberg that “with the wealth tax, you get directly at the stock instead of hitting the flow of income, making it a much more powerful de-concentration tool than income taxes.” The report pointed out that Sanders has said that the number of billionaires in the U.S. would be cut in half within 15 years under the plan.

The plan unveiled by Sanders seeks a 1 percent levy on households worth more than $32 million and proposes tax rates that would increase for wealthier people, up to 8 percent for fortunes in excess of $10 billion.

Sanders vowed to go further than Sen. Elizabeth Warren and generate more than $4 trillion over the next decade, substantially reducing billionaires’ fortunes. Billionaires would face a 62 percent average effective tax rate under Warren.

Sanders’ plan goes further because it starts on fortunes worth less, kicking in at $32 million. Warren also proposes increasing the wealth tax up to 3 percent on any net worth of more than $1 billion, while Sanders’ tax rates don’t top out until 8 percent for the richest households.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The Massachusetts senator has topped Sanders in recent polls of Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire that show her running about even with the longtime front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, in those states.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Westlake Legal Group 990505083001_6091021948001_6091014160001-vs Bernie Sanders slams Elizabeth Warren as ‘capitalist’ fox-news/politics/socialism fox-news/person/elizabeth-warren fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox news fnc/politics fnc article Alex Pappas 8d1511c1-5fd9-5cc6-a4af-ceef9a9db0ac   Westlake Legal Group 990505083001_6091021948001_6091014160001-vs Bernie Sanders slams Elizabeth Warren as ‘capitalist’ fox-news/politics/socialism fox-news/person/elizabeth-warren fox-news/person/bernie-sanders fox news fnc/politics fnc article Alex Pappas 8d1511c1-5fd9-5cc6-a4af-ceef9a9db0ac

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Fury over fake video of president pistol-whipping late John McCain shown at his resort, as Fox News tensions escalate amid impeachment push

Westlake Legal Group DOzsknF_FpN1H_DxPgy43AoI7lQUxnu2OwcYepjW0Ms Fury over fake video of president pistol-whipping late John McCain shown at his resort, as Fox News tensions escalate amid impeachment push r/politics

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Debate/discuss/argue the merits of ideas, don’t attack people. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Pope Francis’ inadvertent New Orleans Saints prayer goes viral before team’s close victory

The New Orleans Saints may have some divine intervention to thank for their close win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Prior to the start of the game, a tweet from Pope Francis thanking God for saints went viral because the pope hashtagged “Saints,” prompting the New Orleans Saints’ team emoji to pop up in the tweet. There are team-specific emojis for each NFL franchise and those images are automatically added to tweets hashtagging the team names. So when the pope tweeted to “give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints,” it appeared the head of the Roman Catholic Church was calling on the man upstairs to help get New Orleans a victory.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS’ QUARTERBACK GARDNER MINSHEW IS STILL AVAILABLE IN HIS OWN FANTASY LEAGUE: REPORT

Westlake Legal Group NFL-Pope-tweet Pope Francis' inadvertent New Orleans Saints prayer goes viral before team's close victory Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nfl/new-orleans-saints fox-news/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars fox-news/sports/nfl fox-news/person/pope-francis fox news fnc/sports fnc article ac710fe5-80b2-551c-9682-c3820d0bd846

Pope Francis’ hashtagging of “Saints” prompted a New Orleans Saints emoji to display on Twitter.

A few hours later, the Saints edged the Jaguars, 13-6, despite having to start backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and rely heavily on their defense.

Bridgewater was 24-for-36 with 240 yards and a touchdown pass to Jared Cook early in the fourth quarter. Will Lutz also nailed a pair of field goals.

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS’ KEENAN ALLEN JABS DENVER BRONCOS’ CHRIS HARRIS: ‘THAT BOY CAN’T HOLD MY JOCKSTRAP’

Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew, yet another backup quarterback subbing for an injured starter, was 14-for-29 with 163 yards and an interception. Running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries.

Whether it helped them or not, after the game, the Saints weren’t taking any chances and made sure to thank Pope Francis for his prayers.

“Couldn’t lose after this,” the Saints tweeted. “#Blessed and highly favored.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE ALL-NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM

With the win, the Saints moved to 5-1 on the season. The Jaguars fell to 2-4.

Westlake Legal Group NFL-Pope-Francis Pope Francis' inadvertent New Orleans Saints prayer goes viral before team's close victory Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nfl/new-orleans-saints fox-news/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars fox-news/sports/nfl fox-news/person/pope-francis fox news fnc/sports fnc article ac710fe5-80b2-551c-9682-c3820d0bd846   Westlake Legal Group NFL-Pope-Francis Pope Francis' inadvertent New Orleans Saints prayer goes viral before team's close victory Ryan Gaydos fox-news/sports/nfl/new-orleans-saints fox-news/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars fox-news/sports/nfl fox-news/person/pope-francis fox news fnc/sports fnc article ac710fe5-80b2-551c-9682-c3820d0bd846

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

‘I don’t even know what I did’: Carlos Correa lost his mind while saving Astros’ season

Westlake Legal Group f950185c-9014-47a4-854d-3a93c6cbe6b9-USATSI_13513227 'I don’t even know what I did': Carlos Correa lost his mind while saving Astros' season

HOUSTON — The horns are still honking. The parties are raging. The streets are buzzing.

It’s the wee hours of the morning Monday in Houston, and no one wants to go home.

Everyone wants to celebrate the man of the hour, who saved the Houston Astros’ game with his glove, won it with his bat, and then displayed one of the most fabulous walk-off celebrations ever seen in baseball.

Carlos Correa sent New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ’s fastball deep into the night over the right-field wall. The ball had not even landed when Correa took a step with his right foot. Then his left. Then, his right. Dropped the bat. Stared at his teammates. Put his right hand towards his head. Cupped his ear. Took four more steps. And started hopping.

When he reached first base, he finally began his trot round the bases, raising his right arm and his index finger pointed towards the screaming crowd. He came around third base, started towards home, stopped about 30 feet short, took off his helmet, jumped, and shot his helmet into the air as if he were Steph Curry.

PARAMEDIC HIT:Foul ball drills paramedic in the Astros dugout

EPIC CELEBRATION:Correa has great reaction to his walk-off home run

Westlake Legal Group  'I don’t even know what I did': Carlos Correa lost his mind while saving Astros' season

He finally reached home plate two minutes before midnight Sunday, was mobbed by his teammates, and promptly had his jersey ripped apart from his body.

“He was born,’’ Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said, “for October.’’

It was a shot heard ‘round the state of Texas, with the Astros knocking off the New York Yankees, 3-2 in 11 innings, in a game lasting 4 hours and 49 minutes, in an American League Championship Series classic that could be remembered for an awful long time deep down in the heart of Texas.

 “Obviously,’’ Correa said, “it’s a moment that’s going to live with me forever.’’

But first, he needs to get home, turn on the TV, and watch the replay.

He can remember every moment of the game, even before it started when he predicted he would be the star, and even as he walked to the plate, believing he was going to homer, but don’t ask him what happened after he hit the homer.

He has no idea.

“As soon as I hit it,’’ Correa said, “I knew it was going over the fence. The adrenaline started pumping like crazy. I don’t even know what I did. I’ve got to go watch the video.

“But I know I was hyped.’’

The ALCS now is tied at 1-game apiece with the series headed to Yankee Stadium, but considering the Astros have the hottest pitcher on the planet, Gerrit Cole in Game 3, Justin Verlander back in Game 6, and Cole again, it almost felt as if this were Game 7.

The Astros knew they had to win this game, or the series would be over, knowing that only three teams in LCS history have ever recovered from a 2-0 deficit.

“There was no 0-2,’’ Bregman said. “It was never going to be 0-2. We were going to win tonight.’’

Said Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos: “We had no choice. We had to win this game.’’

It was the confidence the entire team showed Sunday knowing that Verlander was on the mound, and sparked by Correa, who predicted to anyone who’d listen that he was going to do something great before the evening was over.

At 11:58 p.m. Central Time, he worked his magic.

“He told me before the game,’’ Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said, “and he was like, “Josey, I think I’m going to do something big tonight.’ He really did.’’

Yet, to be honest, Altuve figured that moment arrived in the sixth inning, when he saved the game, and Altuve’s glove, with a play that brought back memories of Derek Jeter 18 years ago in Oakland.

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, with runners on first and second, hit a sharp one-hopper to Altuve. It clanked of his glove, and caromed to his right. Yankees third baseman coach Phil Nevin alertly waved D.J. LeMahieu home, only to see Correa run over, and grab the ball. He fired an 87-mph fastball home to Chirinos, and LeMahieu was out by 10 feet.

“When I opened my eyes,’’ Altuve said, “I saw we made an out at home plate.

“That’s when I was really happy.’’

It had Verlander dancing from the mound, pumping his fist, and 43,359 screaming fans believing they just witnessed the re-enactment of Jeter’s flip to home plate to nail Jeremy Giambi at the plate.

“As an infielder, I know how tough it is to catch a ball that’s a line drive right at you, in between [the legs]’’ Correa said. “So, as soon as I knew that it was going to crash in between, I was creeping over. When it hit him, and I saw the ball go my way, I just went after it. And I grabbed it.

“When I looked up and I saw he was sending the runner, I thought, ‘Oh, I got this guy.’

“So I threw him out. I don’t know why he sent him, but, thank you.”

Says Verlander: “It was just incredible.’’

It was quite a welcome to the postseason for Correa, who played in only 75 games this season with a cracked rib and back injury, missing the final week of the season, and going just 3-for-22 in the Astros’ first six postseason gmaes, dropping to seventh in the lineup.

He was hitless in Game 1, but came out Sunday with a run-scoring double in the second inning, a strike out in the fourth, hitting a fly ball to the deepest part of center field in the sixth, and then striking out again in the ninth. But then came his heroics in the 11th.

“I was very confident going into the game,’’ Correa said, “that today was the day where I was going to break out. And going into that last inning I thought, I got this. …Everybody was telling me, “You’re going to hit it. You’re going to hit a home run.’’

Oh, he got it all right. Opposite field. Over the right-field wall. Home run.

“I know what kind of player I am when I’m healthy,” Correa said. “It’s been a roller-coaster of a year with the injuries and stuff.

“But it’s all worth it for moments like this, moments like where you give your team a chance to win.

“It’s all worth it, man.’’

Follow Nightengale on Twitter: @Bnightengale

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com