MLB Odds: Red Sox Underdogs In Tuesday’s Series Opener Against Yankees

The Boston Red Sox can claim a third straight American League East division title Tuesday when they open a three-game set with the New York Yankees as +127 road underdogs on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Red Sox enjoyed a day off Monday after posting a 4-3 victory over the visiting New York Mets as -173 chalk Sunday. With the win, Boston improved to 6-1 in its past seven contests, further extending its lead over the Yankees atop the AL East to 11.5 games going into Tuesday night’s Red Sox vs. Yankees betting matchup at Yankee Stadium.
In addition to being on the verge of clinching the AL East pennant, the Red Sox also can set a new franchise record for regular-season wins this week. Currently perched with the best record in the majors at 103-47, Boston needs just three more victories to top the existing record of 105 wins, set way back in 1912.
However, the team must first overcome some recent inconsistency on the road, where they have gone 5-6 in their past 11 outings after avoiding consecutive road defeats since June.

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The team also will be looking to avoid the letdown that marked last season’s stretch run. The Red Sox fell to defeat in five of their final seven contests last year, needing a victory in their penultimate outing to clinch first place in the AL East before bowing out in the postseason with a four-game American League Division Series loss to the Houston Astros.
But despite the team’s dismal playoff performance over the past two years, Boston continues to lead the way on the World Series odds, sitting just ahead of the Astros as +350 favorites.
While the Red Sox continue their march toward history, the Yankees look for answers after dropping two of three to Toronto, capped by Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays as heavy -215 favorites. Pegged as -137 chalk for Tuesday’s contest, New York has stumbled since seeing a 15-5 run halted in late August, going 9-11 in 20 outings since, including a 4-6 record on home turf.
The Yankees also were dominated in a visit to Fenway Park last month, getting outscored by a 28-13 margin in Boston’s four-game sweep, according to the OddsShark MLB Database. However, New York maintains a home record of 49-26, second only to Boston in the majors this season, and has held the upper hand in recent home dates with the Red Sox, going 7-3 in 10 matchups since last September, highlighted by a pair of series wins earlier this season.

Is Playoff Performance Impacted By When Team Clinches Division?

The Boston Red Sox have a chance to clinch the American League East on Tuesday afternoon against the rival New York Yankees.
The magic number to claim the division sits at two, but with 12 games remaining in the season, is it in the best interest of the Red Sox to clinch the division this early? Hypothetically, if the Sox were to clinch Tuesday, they would have 11 games left in the regular season in which they could rest players or tinker with lineups to best prepare for the postseason.

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But extended time playing essentially meaningless games also could lead to lackadaisical play, and leave teams unfocused and ill-prepared come October.
However, NESN’s Manny Delcarmen explained why clinching the division closer to the end of the regular season actually could be beneficial. To hear what the ex-Sox pitcher told Adam Pellerin, check out the “NESN Sports Today” video above, presented by People’s United Bank.

How Much Did Yusaku Maezawa Pay SpaceX to Fly to the Moon?

Today, SpaceX announced that Yusaku Maezawa will be the first paying passenger and private citizen to fly aboard the BFR around the moon. But they were very careful throughout the live stream announcement to not share exactly how much he spent to get this honor. Although the exact price that he paid was not confirmed during the live stream, there was one moment when they might have given away an idea about what he paid.

At 1:37:40 in the video above, a reporter asked Maezawa, “Have you thought about how you are going to select the artists? And Mr. Musk, can you give us an idea of whether (you) contributed more or less than 5 percent of the development cost?”
Maezawa responded to the second question instead of Musk. He said, “In principle, I’d like to reach out the artists that I love… and I’m happy with just 5 percent, thank you very much for working on the rocket.”
At that point, Musk said, “I don’t think we can, obviously do any percentage math, that would kind of give it away… But it’s a material percentage.”
It’s not clear if Maezawa was saying that 5 percent was the closest to what he contributed, or if he was saying that he was happy to leave the guess at 5 percent and not provide any additional details. Earlier in the conference, Maezawa was very clear to another reporter that he was not going to disclose how much he contributed.
Musk estimated the development cost of the BFR as being $5 billion, and 5 percent of that would be $250 million. That’s a significant sum, but Yusaku Maezawa’s net worth as of September 2018 is approximately $2.9 billion, according to Forbes. He could certainly afford 5 percent if that is the amount.
His payment will be part of helping to fund BFR. “Any customers for BFR are incredibly helpful in funding the development of the rocket,” Musk said during the conference.
Last year, two people approached Elon Musk and paid a significant deposit to fly around the moon but not land, ABC News reported. At that time, Musk only said that those passengers were not from Hollywood. Today, he hinted that Maezawa was one of those two, but now because of the size of the BFS, he’ll be able to bring more than just one other person with him.
“He was the best adventurer,” Musk said about why they chose him. “He stepped forward to do it. We’re honored that he would choose us. This is not us choosing him. He’s a very brave person to do this. Because he’s paying a lot of money — we’re not disclosing the amount — …that will help with the development of the ship and booster…”
In conclusion, despite the hints that might have been given during the press conference, we do not know exactly how much Yusaku Maezawa paid to join the SpaceX trip around the moon. But we do know that because of his generosity, six to eight artists will be able to join him in 2023 for free.
He’s created a project called #DearMoon. In 2023, he would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join him on a mission to the world, and they’ll be asked to create something when they return, inspiring dreams and hope. He wants to include painters, sculptors, film directors, fashion designers, musicians, and other artists. He hasn’t picked them yet. You can follow his accounts on social media at @dearmoonproject to learn more.
Do you think that moment in the press conference revealed what Maezawa paid? Let us know in the comments below.

Cancer Survivors James Conner, Eric Berry Embrace After Steelers-Chiefs

There are few things in the world that can bring people together as much as sports.
Following a matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs, in which the Chiefs came out on top 42-37, Steelers running back James Conner and Kansas City safety Eric Berry embraced each other. This was more than an acknowledgement of mutual respect between the two combatants, this was an acknowledgement of an even greater similarity between the two athletes.
Berry and Conner are both cancer survivors.
Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma Dec. 8, 2014 that would force him to miss the remainder of the 2014 season. But just seven months later, he was declared cancer-free June, 22 2015 and would be ready for the start of the 2015 NFL season.
Berry would go on to earn the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award in 2015 to go along with All-Pro honors in 2015 and 2016.

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Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015 during his junior year at the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout his battle, Conner still would attend practices and even work out. After 12 chemo treatments, Conner announced in May 2016 that he beat cancer and would go on to rush for 1,062 yards and 19 touchdowns during his final season at Pitt before being drafted by his hometown Steelers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Conner has been receiving ample playing time in fellow running back, Le’Veon Bell’s absence, and hasn’t disappointed, scoring the first three touchdowns of his NFL career and putting up 257 all-purpose yards to go along with a league-leading 49 touches.
Both men have suffered at the hands of one of the most destructive diseases in the world, but both men have also beat the dreaded the disease.
Sports are about winning and losing, but although the Steelers lost Sunday, neither Berry or Conner are losers.
You can see the powerful image of Berry and Conner here.

Bruins’ Torey Krug ‘Ready To Do My Job’ After Summer Of Trade Rumors

It’s been quite the offseason for Torey Krug.
The Boston Bruins defenseman spent the summer rehabbing a broken ankle, but made progress Monday when he took part in non-contact drills at Warrior Ice Arena. But aside from the injury, the 27-year-old also was the target of trade rumors with the team carrying eight defenseman.
However, the Black and Gold traded Adam McQuaid last Tuesday to the New York Rangers, putting a stop to the chatter of Krug potentially being shipped out of town. But if you ask the left-shot defenseman, the rumors didn’t take up much of his headspace this summer.

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“I don’t really see anyone doing my job here. So I just got to make sure I show up every day, do my job to the best that I can,” Krug said Monday, via MassLive’s Conor Ryan. “Can’t really worry about too many things that people are saying and things like that. Go back to that famous line — it’s the nature of the business. Still here, and I’m ready to do my job.”
In 76 games during the 2017-18 season, Krug tallied 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists), so he certainly was an integral part to the Bruins’ team last season. And he certainly sounds ready to get back on the ice and contribute as the team opens up their season next month.

Yusaku Maezawa’s Net Worth: SpaceX Passenger Paid for Moon Trip

One question that many people following SpaceX’s big lunar mission announcement are wondering is just what is the net worth of the first private citizen passenger, Yusaku Maezawa. Elon Musk said during the press conference that Maezawa put down a “significant deposit” for a chance to go on the trip, and this will help pay for the development of the BFR. Here is what we know about Yusaku Maezawa’s net worth.
Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese billionaire. According to Forbes, his net worth is approximately $2.9 billion as of September 2018. Most of his net worth comes from founding Japan’s largest online fashion mall, Zozotown. He’s #18 on Forbe’s list of Japan’s 50 Richest in 2018, and he’s #822 out of all billionaires in 2018.
The parent firm of Zozotown is Start Today. It’s on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Maezawa owns about 38 percent of the company.

Kicked off #ZOZO100K and #ZOZOREVOLUTION yesterday at the press conference. Thank you to everyone for the support. Let’s go global 🌎🌍🌏 @ZOZOGLOBAL https://t.co/3kR02rUPGX pic.twitter.com/cx1XSg6P3E
— Yusaku Maezawa 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) July 4, 2018

Maezawa’s success started when he was young. Yusaku Maezawa, born in 1975, started a band with classmates in 1991 called Switch Style and they released their first EP in 1993. He started out just by selling CDs of his favorite bands from his home and sending them out by mail. This mail-order album business eventually became Start Today. In 2000, he moved Start Today to an online platform and became a public company that also sold clothing. Start Today continued to grow and by 2012, it was listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s First Section.
In 2016, he purchased paintings for $80 million by Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

#Picasso pic.twitter.com/qiwtLLUXSZ
— Yusaku Maezawa 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) September 13, 2018

Maezawa’s initial deposit to fly with the BFR is substantial and will help fund the ship’s and rocket’s development. His payment will also help fund six to eight artists who will join him on the trip to the moon for free.

I choose to go to the moon, with Artists. #dearMoon https://t.co/ivMypEcWBZ
— Yusaku Maezawa 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) September 18, 2018

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Sean Kuraly Hopeful To Move To Bruins’ Third Line For 2018-19 Season

Sean Kuraly is looking to move up in his second full season with the Boston Bruins.
The 25-year-old spent a majority of the 2017-18 campaign playing alongside Noel Acciari and Tim Schaller on the team’s fourth line. And after six goals, eight assists and three-year contract he signed in July, the center is hoping to secure the vacant spot on the third line that was left when Riley Nash inked a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
But he also knows he’s not the only one eyeing that open spot, especially with rookies Trent Frederic, Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jack Studnicka showing their potential on the ice in training camp.
“It can be a little bit hard to stay focused sometimes I think but that’s part of the challenge, is making sure that you’re focused,” Kuraly said, via The Boston Globe’s Barbara Matson. “I’m out here to try and get myself in the best situation possible.’’

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With half the team in China, Kuraly said he wants to “make the best of each situation,” especially when it comes to playing alongside guys he never has before. And even if he doesn’t play on the same line as someone during the season, building chemistry still is important.
“I’ll probably be with some guys I’ve never played with before and we’re going to try and put together the best 60 minutes we can,’’ Kuraly said. “I think that’s good practice, even if I’m never going to play with those guys again.”
The B’s season is set to begin Oct. 3 against the Washington Capitals. And while head coach Bruce Cassidy has plenty on his plate about the teams’ lineups this season, he certainly should feel comfortable slotting Kuraly onto the third line.

Bruins Injuries: Torey Krug, Noel Acciari Take Positive Step Forward Monday

A couple of Bruins have been banged up for a while, but both took important steps forward Monday.
Torey Krug and Noel Acciari took part in some of Boston’s training camp Monday, skating before practice began and taking part in some non-contact drills.
Krug is working his way back from a broken ankle, while Acciari has been dealing with rehab for surgery on a hernia that took place shortly after the offseason began. For both players, just getting on the ice and taking part in hockey-related action felt pretty good.
“Recovery’s going really well,” Acciari told reporters, via The Boston Globe. “It feels good to get back on the ice with the group today and just get some timing down, some passing, shooting on some goalies. I was excited for that.’’

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Krug, meanwhile, was somewhat candid about his recovery, noting the process took a little longer than originally expected.
“It’s just time, you can’t rush time,’’ Krug said. “Being in a walking boot and crutches took up most of my summer. I was in the boot probably a few more weeks than I expected.”
Both players’ presence in Boston at full health will be important this season. Krug is the quarterback of the power play and Boston’s most offensively-gifted left-shot defenseman, while Acciari carved out a stable role for himself on the fourth line last season.

SpaceX Trip to the Moon: Recap & Updates of the Lunar Announcement

Today, Elon Musk and SpaceX are sharing more details about their lunar mission, including which private citizen is going to be lucky enough to be the first person who is going to the moon with SpaceX. This post is a live recap with updates on what is shared during the event. We’ll be updating this post as the event continues, so please refresh for the most recent updates.
Going into the event, we know that the trip will take place on SpaceX’s BFR (Big Falcon Rocket), which will also be revealed during the webcast from Hawthorne, California. This is being called the BFR Lunar Mission. Originally SpaceX planned for a trip around the moon to be done with the Dragon and the Falcon Heavy. But during the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural launch, Musk announced that the manned trips were now going to be handled by the BFR instead.
On Twitter Thursday, SpaceX representatives noted: “SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space. Find out who’s flying and why on Monday, September 17.”
The BFR system was first unveiled in 2016, with hopes that it will be ready for a crewed flight to Mars in 2024.
Read on for a recap of tonight’s event.

Musk Began with the History of SpaceX
At the beginning of the event, Elon Musk said that we need to be a multi-planet civilization so we can extend life beyond Earth. It’s not known how long the opportunity will be available, so we should take action as soon as possible, he said.
“I want to emphasize it’s multi-planetary, not a single planet but somewhere else,” he said. He wants to have life on Mars, the Moon, Venus, maybe the moons of Jupiter, and ultimately beyond the star system.
“There are so many things that make people sad about the future… but becoming a space-faring civilization…makes you glad to be a human being,” he added. “I hope that people will see it that way. That is the intent of BFR, to make people excited about the future.”
Musk said that the fourth attempt reached orbit in September 2008, almost 10 years ago, and if they had not reached orbit on the fourth try, then SpaceX would not have existed. “That was a very tough launch emotionally,” he said. Then not long after that, they won their first major NASA contract (the space station servicing contract.)
Next, Musk talked about the launch of Falcon Heavy earlier this year and what led up to Heavy’s launch. He talked about the launch of Starman and how they were able to have a successful launch and achieve a full reusability of the boost stage.
“It’s an enormous change over the course of 10 years,” he said. “… How many people predicted in 2008 that SpaceX would have done these things by 2018? I think zero… I’m not sure it’s zero, but I’m not aware of anyone who would have made that prediction, including me.”
Musk then talked about sending a car to Mars. He said it was bizarre, but they wanted to do something fun that people could be interested in. Asimov’s Foundation series, he said, was an inspiration for SpaceX.

Elon Musk Next Updated Information About BFR
Next, Musk talked about BFR, saying it was different from what was presented a year ago. It’s 118 meters long and the payload is about 100 metric tons to the surface of Mars. BFR is intended to be an interplanetary transport system that can travel from Earth to anywhere in the solar system, ultimately. The payload section was increased to over 1000 cubic meters, and there are forward and rear actuated fins. He said BFR is counterintuitive in how it flies.
He said the BFR operates more like a skydiver than an aircraft. Nearly the entire time it’s re-entering, it’s just trying to brake, he explained, trying to shed velocity while sharing the force around the greatest surface area possible.
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He shared simulation of BFR re-entering, which you can watch in the video at the top of this article.
BFR is now being built, Musk said. It’s 9 meters in diameter and is quite enormous. They’ve built the first cylinder section of the BFR prototype, and will be building the domes and engine section soon. The Raptor engine is approximately 200 ton thrusters. A picture is below:
SpaceXRaptor Engine
You can learn more technical details about the raptor engine in the video at the beginning of this story.
“SpaceX team has done a phenomenal job in the design of this,” Musk said, to a lot of cheering. “This is a stupidly hard problem and SpaceX engineering has done a great job with this design. … It took us a long time to even frame the question correctly… (but once we could) the answer flowed once the question could be framed with precision.”
Next is BFR’s lunar trajectory:
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Musk said they would do a bunch of test launches first before anyone is put on board.
Musk added that next year they would begin transporting astronauts to and from the space station, and are developing a Starlink as a source of revenue.
“Any customers for BFR are incredibly helpful in funding the development of the rocket,” he added.

Elon Musk Introduced Yusaku Maezawa as the First Paying Customer

Elon Musk then introduced Yusaku Maezawa as the first paying customer for BFR. Maezawa is incredibly excited about this opportunity.
He wants to bring artists with him to the moon, so they can create works related to seeing the moon.
Maezawa said that promoting world peace is his lifelong dream.
“Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon,” he said. “…That is why I have not passed up this opportunity… But I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself. So I want to share this experience with as many people as possible. … That is why I choose to go to the moon with artists.”
So he’s created a project called #DearMoon. In 2023, he would like to invite six to eight artists from around the world to join him on a mission to the world, and they’ll be asked to create something when they return, inspiring dreams and hope.

They Ended with a Q&A Section & Musk Said They Might Be Doing the First Orbital Flight in About Two to Three Years
After Maezawa’s amazing announcement, he and Elon Musk stood on stage together for a Q&A section.
Musk said this is the final iteration in terms of broad architectural changes for BFR and BFS (acknowledging that designs have changed a couple times.)
He said they’ll be doing half their test flights next year and then high-altitude, high-velocity flights with the ship in 2020, along with starting to test the booster. “If things go well, we could be doing the first orbital flight in about two to three years. We’ll do many such test flights before putting any people on board,” Musk said. “I’m not sure if we will actually test a flight around the moon or not, but we’ll probably try to do that without people before sending people. That would be wise.”
He said that Maezawa chose SpaceX, not the other way around.
“He was the best adventurer,” Musk said about why they chose him. “He stepped forward to do it. We’re honored that he would choose us. This is not us choosing him. He’s a very brave person to do this. Because he’s paying a lot of money — we’re not disclosing the amount — …that will help with the development of the ship and booster…”
Although how much Maezawa paid is not being revealed, Musk did share that the artists traveling with him won’t have to pay a thing.
When Musk was asked how he can be sure about the 2023 deadline, he emphasized that they aren’t sure. “You have to set some kind of date that is kind of like the ‘Things Go Right’ date.” Then you have reality, he added, and things do go wrong. So 2023 is the approximate date if things go right, but it could be pushed back.
The short hops will be done from the Texas site near Brownsville. But ultimately, they might even launch from a floating platform, Musk added. He later said that he hopes the ship will have fun things onboard for the passengers.
“Safetywise, this will be built upon our work with the NASA Crew Dragon design,” he said. They’ll also have a closed-loop oxygen/CO2 system and a closed-loop water system for a long journey.
“We’ve learned a great deal from NASA, and I want to give another word of appreciation to NASA,” Musk said. “NASA does remain our primary priority, along with national security space missions.”
Musk later said that his estimated development costs for BFR will probably be $5 billion. “I don’t think it’s more than 10, and I don’t think it’s less than 2,” he said.
In answer to a later question, Musk said that he thought it would be great to have a moon base.

Glenn Weiss & Jan Svendsen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jaws dropped at the 2018 Emmys when director Glenn Weiss proposed to his longtime girlfriend in the middle of the ceremony.
This isn’t Glenn’s first time winning an Emmy, but it is the first time he’s gotten down on one knee during a live broadcast.
Here’s what you need to know about the newly engaged couple:

1. They Have Been Dating for at Least Six Years

It’s unclear exactly how long the two were dating before the proposal. However, in 2012, they attended the Governor’s Ball together, suggesting their relationship has lasted at least six years.
They also attended the Emmys together in 2012. Photos from that night show the two posing with one of Weiss’s newly-won statues.
Weiss proposed to Jan with the same ring his father put on his mother’s finger 67 years ago. He joked, “To my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, okay?”

2. Weiss Proposed After Receiving the Award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
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After being awarded with the Emmy for Outstanding Directing at a Variety Special on Monday Night, Weiss proposed to his longtime girlfriend.
He said, “Jan, you are the sunshine in my life. And mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”
He continued, “Jan. I want to put this ring that my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people and in front of my mom and your parents watching from above. Will you marry me?”

3. Svendsen Is the COO at Charity Network & Spent 17 Years as the Director of Marketing for the Broadway League and the Tony Awards
Director Glenn Weiss (R) and Jan Svendsen attend the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
According to her LinkedIn, Jan Svendsen works as the Chief Creative Officer at Charity Network. There, she “focuses her efforts on creating content, developing strategic partnerships, working on film projects for 2929 Entertainment and business development for Charitybuzz and Prizeo.”
Prior to her time there, she was the Director of Marketing and Business Development of The Broadway League. She was also the Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Ton Awards.
Svendsen graduated from San Diego State University-California State University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in marketing.

4. Weiss Has Won 11 Emmy Awards

Tonight was not Weiss’s first Emmy.
To date, he’s taken home 11 Emmys Awards and 6 Directors Guild of America awards.
His biggest advice when it comes to acceptance speeches? Be yourself. In an interview with Backstage, Weiss says, “The biggest advice that I could give somebody up there for the first time and having sat in the director’s seat from everything to the Oscars to the Emmys to the Tonys to all sorts of awards shows, what really resonates and lands with viewers at home is being yourself and speaking passionately from the heart. When pieces of paper start coming out and you’re reading names of agents (no offense to agents, I have one, I love mine), but when you are being yourself and speaking about the project, speaking about your co-actors, speaking about your director, speaking about anything about this project that makes me see you as you, not the character that you play. That’s always a really great way to go. And at the end of the day, we try to keep everyone to time, [but] nobody is going to be played off when they’re talking emotionally about something really, really important. So it really is about being yourself and speaking passionately because at the end of the day, that’s what everybody hopes to hear from you.”

5. Fans & Friends Flocked to Social Media to Congratulate the Couple

The Twittersphere exploded after Weiss got down on one knee, with people congratulating the couple and saying how shocked they were that something like this was happening at the Emmys.
John Billinson wrote, “There’s confidence, and then there’s planning your entire proposal around winning an Emmy confidence.” Alex Goldschmidt said, “The #Emmys proposal is the best thing to happen in an awards show ever.”
Others tweeted photos of Leslie Jones, who seemed to be more shocked than anyone when the engagement began.

the best part of the emmys so far has been darren chris winning and leslie jones’s reaction to that proposal. #EmmyAwards2018 pic.twitter.com/ukWtjoouAp
— claire g (@clairemg10) September 18, 2018