Yankees starter Gerrit Cole was having fun during the postgame zoom call on Wednesday night.
Due to complications pertaining to the coronavirus outbreak within the Miami Marlins organization, Gerrit Cole’s highly anticipated home debut with the New York Yankees was put on hold.
Of course, the Yanks unanimously voted to resume their schedule against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards while that situation sorts itself out.
Though it was far from an ideal scenario, it ended up working out pretty well for the club, as Cole was utterly dominant before a minor hiccup in the seventh inning. In 6.2 innings of work, the superstar hurler surrendered three runs on four hits while striking out seven batters.
Cole was predictably excited after picking up his second win in as many starts with the Yankees, but almost nobody could have expected him goofing off during the postgame zoom call with reporters.
So this is what it’s like to play for the team you loved growing up? It seems that Cole couldn’t be happier to be in Pinstripes and that should have fans smiling from ear to ear. After all, it’s not often you see the normally buttoned-up superstar this relaxed and loose after an outing.
We honestly expected him to be critical of how he wasn’t able to get through the seventh inning. The Orioles pounced on a few mistakes and put three consecutive extra-base hits together — including two doubles and a two-run home run — tagging Cole for three runs and ending his night at 102 pitches.
While the $324 million stud did touch on those blips in the virtual press conference, the convincing win was enough to keep him in good spirits. After all, you’d be feeling pretty good after unleashing a knuckle curve as un-hittable as this:
Cole did a tremendous job helping fans in the Bronx forget about MLB’s COVID-19 debacle for a few hours. The fact that he was in a joking mood after his outing is just icing on the cake and we’d be stunned if the good vibes didn’t continue with the Yankees new ace.