Gerrit Cole's Daniel Vogelbach comments have Blue Jays fans calling him crybaby

Sorry, forgot pitchers were supposed to love giving up long, stared-at homers these days.

2024 New York Yankees Spring Training
2024 New York Yankees Spring Training / New York Yankees/GettyImages

If Max Scherzer or Adam Wainwright or, I don't know, just pulling a random name out of my lexicon, Kevin Gausman gave up a long home run in their first inning of spring training action, then had to watch the batter slow walk out of the box to first, they probably wouldn't be thrilled. And if any of those pitchers -- only when prompted! -- after the game said to cool down in March and that they'd remember that moment later, they'd be lauded as badasses.

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole? When he responds to a direct question with a snarky putdown, he's a toddler. Gotcha.

Hey, whatever, right? Stoke the rivalry flame any way you have to, Toronto. Calling out Cole as a softie is certainly a better way to do it than asking for Aaron Judge to get drilled in the head because his eyes moved sideways, or throwing a genuine tantrum on the field because the third-base coach isn't standing in the designated box that no one ever stands in, which your own coach also neglected.

Regardless, this Cole quote will either get retweeted endlessly when Daulton Varsho pokes one off him in April, or it'll disappear into the ether if he repeats his 2023 performance against the Jays (28 1/3 innings, one single measly earned run).

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole didn't enjoy a home run being hit off him/watched in March. Sue him.

Vogelbach is free to pimp a long homer, whether it's March, July, or a charity softball tournament. But Cole's also allowed to not love it. The pendulum has swung a little too far on hitter celebrations. Showing up a pitcher is fine. Letting the kids play is great. It'll itch you sometimes, but it's part of the game.

But the pitcher? The pitcher doesn't have to love it. And if you gave it up and saw March on the calendar, you probably wouldn't be thrilled, either.

Even Cole wasn't angry enough to grab the microphone unprompted and record a WWE promo, though. He was, again, asked. He gave his thoughts. And now Blue Jays fans believe they have a leg up on him (March is a real month, after all!), despite scoring -- once again -- a single earned run in 28 1/3 innings against him last season.

You know, in competition that actually mattered, and often ended with John Schneider sputtering and spitting as if a misplaced third base coach was akin to a trash can bang. Ironic.

Hey, real quick, Jays fans. Did you back Gausman when he complained about the "different feel" of Aaron Judge's specially-marked home run chase balls, which is probably the tiniest annoyance a pitcher has ever encountered? What about when he was "steamed" about Judge "cheating" for several days after the game, unable to let it go? Just checking. Carry on.