After trying and failing to make any sort of solid contact against Houston Astros ace Gerrit Cole over the last two seasons, the New York Yankees decided to add him to the mix, signing him to a record-breaking contract this offseason. Cole touched down in Tampa as pitchers and catchers arrived at Yankees Spring Training on Tuesday, and the reality that the Yankees added one of the most filthy pitchers in the league finally sunk in for the fans.
George Steinbrenner is smiling down on the Yankees, who are once again going for broke in free agency.
Cole signed a nine-year, $324 million contract with the team he supported since he was a kid. $36 million is a hefty price tag for one season, but if anyone can live up to it, it's Cole.
Cole warmed up for the first time in Yankee colors in Tampa on Tuesday, giving the fans just a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come when the chips are down and the games start counting.
Just...just bask in this rippling fastball.
You're not dreaming, Yankee fans. You actually pulled this off. Perhaps the single most dominant pitcher in baseball is officially a New York Yankee. Buckle up. The 2020 season could get crazy.