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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Future sign: Cole arrives with old placard of Yankees fealty

NEW YORK (AP) — On his first day in pinstripes, Gerrit Cole admitted to stealing a sign — no, not those signs.

Cole affixed his signature to a record $324 million, nine-year contract at 10:45 a.m., walked into a news conference at Yankee Stadium and pulled out the crinkled placard he took to one of New York’s World Series games at Arizona in 2001. A newspaper photo from Game 6 or 7 shows the 11-year-old holding the sign reading: “Yankee Fan Today Tomorrow Forever.” Cole brought the banner to the Bronx, its letters no longer blue but now tan.

“I’d like to start with something that’s pretty special to my heart,” he said, pulling out the sign in a stroke of showmanship that would have made George Steinbrenner proud. “I’d just like to say, I’m here. I’ve always been here.”

Cole held up the sign of fealty with Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner — George’s son — and admitted he didn’t make the poster but was gifted it from other fans who had brought it to an earlier Series game. They gave it to him at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, where Cole stayed with his family, along with the Yankees.

A reminder of the importance of the love of the game for those who participate in it, as well as the rest of us.

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:29 AM | 43 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fans, gerrit cole, yankees

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   1. Itchy Row Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5909847)
Games 6 and 7 didn't go well for the Yankees. Their only World Series win since then was in 2009, the year after Cole decided against signing with NYY after they drafted him. I hope this Cole Curse continues.
   2. puck Posted: December 19, 2019 at 10:34 AM (#5909854)
Wait, what? Was he the 11 year old, and he was given the sign when his family stayed in the Ritz Carlton in 2001, along with the Yankees? They couldn't "reprint" the photo of the 11 year old Cole with the sign?

I guess his family was doing ok.
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 12:45 PM (#5909916)

Original photo here. It was from Game 6.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:09 PM (#5909948)
I guess his family was doing ok.
His is truly a heartwarming "large-riches-to-inconceivably-enormous-ultra-mega-riches" story.
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:11 PM (#5909949)
I like it when players I don't like sign with the Yankees. It's more convenient for me that way.

   6. Blastin Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:19 PM (#5909954)
Why do people dislike Cole (aside from assorted Yankee things now)? Because he had a sign when he was a child?!??

I'm not saying it makes sense to love him or whatever. But this isn't McCann or some redass like that.


His is truly a heartwarming "large-riches-to-inconceivably-enormous-ultra-mega-riches" story.


I mean, I find it a little more authentic than the "look how poor this Dominican kid was, he didn't even go to 5th grade, isn't that amazing" stuff.

   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:20 PM (#5909955)
Why do people dislike Cole (aside from assorted Yankee things now)?
The statements and the Boras hat within 30 seconds of the end of the World Series.
   8. Itchy Row Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:28 PM (#5909962)
Boras was Cole's "unpaid advisor" who helped him decide to go to college instead of signing with the Yankees in 2008.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:28 PM (#5909963)
The statements and the Boras hat within 30 seconds of the end of the World Series.

To be fair, knowing what we know now, wanting nothing to do with the Astros is a sign of good character, not bad.
   10. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:29 PM (#5909964)
But this isn't McCann or some redass like that.


Actually, and amusingly, when Cole was in Pittsburgh, he also got into a dustup with Carlos Gomez about playing the game the right way. So, he is like that.

That and the post-WS Boras thing were enough for me.

   11. Bote Man Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:58 PM (#5909989)
I hope this Cole Curse continues.

Well, Cole did surrender not one, but two, home runs to Juan Soto in the World Series, so I'm right with ya there! Perhaps a foreshadowing of when Washington meets the Yankees in the World Series again???
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:05 PM (#5909993)
To be fair, knowing what we know now, wanting nothing to do with the Astros is a sign of good character, not bad.
Heh - I'm pretty sure that's not how he meant it.
   13. Rough Carrigan Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:09 PM (#5909997)
What kind of kid grows up on the west coast as a yankee fan?
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:16 PM (#5909999)
What kind of kid grows up on the west coast as a yankee fan?
An overdog?
   15. Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5910000)
The worst kinds.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5910001)
What kind of kid grows up on the west coast as a yankee fan?

His father is from Syracuse.
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:19 PM (#5910005)
Heh - I'm pretty sure that's not how he meant it.


If I had any reason to suspect that Cole's bizarre post-WS comments were the result of disgust with the way the Astros organization operated, I would revise my opinion. Does anyone really think that's the case? He certainly hasn't voiced anything like that since his departure.
   18. Itchy Row Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:19 PM (#5910006)
Cody Bellinger grew up in Arizona as a Yankees fan, but with a pretty good reason. Mike Trout was a Yankee fan from New Jersey. A team of former-Yankee-fan players would be good, but as people they would be worse than Hitler.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:31 PM (#5910013)
Folks seem to have a pretty low bar for disliking baseball players, at least if they play for the “wrong team”.
   20. Blastin Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:38 PM (#5910015)
His father is a Yankee fan, he wanted to be like his dad, he watched a lot of games after school at 4 pm, it's not that complicated.

Wow. People. Like, I don't talk this way about Ortiz or Pedroia or whatever.

As for his WS stuff, I think he was mad they didn't put him in because he wanted to help. So if the Yankees lose the world series in the last year of his contract or something, I'll worry about his being disloyal or whatever.
   21. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5910018)
if they play for the “wrong team”.


Scare quotes are totally not necessary here.
   22. Blastin Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:42 PM (#5910019)
Unbridled pettiness is not a good look, folks. Though I suppose that's kind of what sports is.
   23. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5910021)
Folks seem to have a pretty low bar for disliking baseball players, at least if they play for the “wrong team”.


I disliked him before he signed with the wrong team. His signing just allows me to concentrate my dislike.

Wow. People. Like, I don't talk this way about Ortiz or Pedroia or whatever.


Congratulations?

But you asked why I didn't like him. I gave you two pretty reasonable answers. I didn't include him growing up as a Yankee fan on the West Coast*. What more do you want?

* Given I grew up a Red Sox fan in Westchester County, I stay away from that line of argument.


   24. Itchy Row Posted: December 19, 2019 at 02:44 PM (#5910022)
The pettiness is pretty clearly joking.
   25. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: December 19, 2019 at 03:21 PM (#5910040)
I dislike him because he has $324MM, which is about $323.9MM more than me.
   26. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: December 19, 2019 at 03:26 PM (#5910041)
I think we would all be bothered by the amount of money that a large chunk of these players already had access to. In the US the best way to get drafted is still too attend a top prep school and go to all the camps and academies. It's expensive and so the most obvious talent tends to be the kids who's parents can afford to put them in front of scouts.
   27. catomi01 Posted: December 19, 2019 at 04:02 PM (#5910049)
Actually, and amusingly, when Cole was in Pittsburgh, he also got into a dustup with Carlos Gomez about playing the game the right way. So, he is like that.


Not defending red-assery per se, but if getting into fights with Carlos Gomez seems to be an exclusive club of a few thousand people.
   28. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 04:16 PM (#5910052)

His father is from Syracuse.

People can be fans of whatever team they want to be, but FWIW his dad grew up in Michigan, moved to Syracuse (I guess) after his sophomore year of HS, and then returned to Michigan for college.

Mark Cole and his brother, Jim, went to Sylvan Christian School and later played football at East Christian High School before the family moved to New York in 1970. Mark eventually returned to the area and graduated from Calvin College.


I liked this detail from the above article:

Three years ago, Mark Cole created an intricate spreadsheet to help map out his son’s future....

The spreadsheet calculated the odds of everything from the likelihood of Gerrit suffering a career-ending injury to the financial implications of turning down a small fortune to earning a college degree as a backup plan if the pitching career didn’t pan out.
   29. Rally Posted: December 19, 2019 at 04:31 PM (#5910053)
What kind of kid grows up on the west coast as a yankee fan?


As an Angel fan from NY, can’t question that too much. I must be the anti-Cole.
   30. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: December 19, 2019 at 04:39 PM (#5910054)
My facebook feed is full of parents attempting to brainwash their kids into loving the parents' team, despite them no longer living anywhere near it.
   31. Bote Man Posted: December 19, 2019 at 06:41 PM (#5910064)
It's expensive and so the most obvious talent tends to be the kids who's parents can afford to put them in front of scouts.

One of my fellow Nats tweeps frequently emphasizes this point. The idea that baseball is this wistful pastime where kids play pick-up games using hubcaps for bases is dead and buried nowadays; it has become a rich kid's game, between travel teams/leagues, the cost of equipment required (have you priced bats lately?), and the rigorous development cycle of teenagers heading to high school or college with a professional career in mind.
   32. Nasty Nate Posted: December 19, 2019 at 07:19 PM (#5910072)
It's a cool story that he was there that day as a kid and now 2 decades later he's joining the team as their ace.

It's also a cool story that instead of winning the World Series that day, those dickbags got blown off the field 15-2
   33. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 19, 2019 at 08:23 PM (#5910082)
Two mercenary entities who deserve each other.
   34. JJ1986 Posted: December 19, 2019 at 09:00 PM (#5910085)
Mike Trout was a Yankee fan from New Jersey.
I thought Trout was a Phillies fan.
   35. PreservedFish Posted: December 19, 2019 at 09:35 PM (#5910087)
Unbridled pettiness is not a good look, folks.


Unbridled is a tremendous look.
   36. Howie Menckel Posted: December 19, 2019 at 11:42 PM (#5910103)
Trout not only was a Phillies fan, he went to the 2008 World Series parade in Philly.

he also has been to some Eagles games since he reached the majors.

he grew up about 40 miles from Philly - or 100 miles closer than The Bronx.
   37. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: December 20, 2019 at 12:11 AM (#5910104)
As an Angel fan from NY, can’t question that too much


I'm a Red Sox fan who grew up about 10 miles from the Big A. Both dad and granddad were die hard Red Sox fans so "it" was passed down.

Angels have always been my 2nd team though. Loved watching Ryan, Decinces, Downing, Carew, Grich et al pass on through.
   38. Bote Man Posted: December 20, 2019 at 02:40 AM (#5910110)
I'm a Red Sox fan who grew up about 10 miles from the Big A.

So all this time that I've been reading your posts with an Australian twang, I've been off-base??
   39. MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: December 20, 2019 at 05:34 AM (#5910113)
Cole was traded to the 2017 WS winners (now tainted forever) only to find out he had joined a team of lying, boasting cheaters and was disgusted by it all. The post WS hat was an expression of that. He knew he could never sign with a team that included scumbag liars like Altuve, Bregman, Springer, Hinch and the rest. He is to be admired. He was never there. He was never really there.
   40. McCoy Posted: December 20, 2019 at 07:15 AM (#5910115)
All kids sports that lead to billion dollar industries are for rich people. The difference is that in basketball and football rich people generally subsidize poor kids.
   41. Astroenteritis Posted: December 20, 2019 at 12:43 PM (#5910177)
Hell, I'm an Astros fan and I can't find a reason to dislike Cole. He pitched a lot of quality games for Houston, and as for the Yankees, they're just another team. Some people seem upset that the Yankees have the gall to try and win games. I don't mean to go all Rodney King, but why can't we just root for our own teams and let the rest of the league take care of itself?
   42. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: December 20, 2019 at 02:13 PM (#5910192)
Because 1/30th of the league owns Star Destroyers.
   43. catomi01 Posted: December 21, 2019 at 08:14 PM (#5910358)
The last time the Yankees had the highest payroll in baseball was 2013.

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