LATE NIGHT KATE

Kate Upton says she almost missed her wedding during TV appearance

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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

Diehard fans of Kate Upton will most certainly want to catch her recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Not only does she participate in a hilarious, '80s-style aerobics dance challenge with Fallon (replete with Jazzercise moves and outfits), but she notes that she nearly missed her wedding to Houston Astros superstar pitcher Justin Verlander.

The revelation comes after Fallon introduces a video gag challenge in which Verlander manages to work in a reference to Fallon's 2005 baseball-themed romantic comedy, Fever Pitch, during a red carpet interview in which he's asked the secret to netting a supermodel wife. "Man, there's no secret," Verlander tells the interviewer. Then, "I recently watched a movie, Fever Pitch. It still holds up."

Challenge unlocked. After the clip, Upton admits that the movie does, indeed, hold up. "Honestly, it still does really hold up," says Upton, noting that she relates to Fallon's movie love interest, Drew Barrymore, who is bound by Fallon's character's insane love for the Boston Red Sox.

Continue on CultureMap to learn about Upton's new workout she developed with her trainer Ben Bruno.

Astros rough offseason continues

Cole's deal with Yankees changes the AL landscape

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In what came as a surprise to no one, former Astro Gerrit Cole is now a New York Yankee. Cole signed a record nine-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees.

While the Astros were never in the running to re-sign Cole, his signing with New York comes as a double whammy. The Yankees were only four wins behind the Astros during the regular season and pushed them to six games in the ALCS. Poaching Cole, who was 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts, easily flip flops the two teams. The Astros have no one to replace Cole's production, no matter what they do. The Yankees just added a legitimate ace, and stamped themselves as the new favorites in the AL.

For the Astros, it was an expected blow, and just the latest in what has been a rough off-season filled with scandal and now rumors that Carlos Correa may be on the block.

What's next for Astros?

Part of the price of success is your players have to get paid. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve are locked down, but Correa and George Springer are due for big deals, and the Astros have expressed a desire to keep the payroll under control. That is not good news for the 2020 Astros and beyond.

The Astros have an easy solution for Correa; moving Alex Bregman to short and Yuli Gurriel to third, and look for a cheaper option at first base. Correa's injury history has limited his production, so that's a loss they could stomach.

The losses mount

But there is no ready solution for Cole. Lance McCullers is expected back, and Jose Urquidy will get likely get a chance. They will also look for a bargain basement, Wade Miley type. But in general, the Astros - with or without Correa - will not be as good next season. While they will still be title contenders and there is plenty of time to fill some holes (they did, after all, trade for Cole two seasons ago), they won't be the favorites in the AL.

That honor now belongs to the Yankees.

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