As the Astros' lead was swiftly halved, then disappeared in the blink of an eye in the seventh inning of Game 7 Wednesday night, Gerrit Cole stayed put.
Houston's ace, with one loss to his name following the month of May, felt like the perfect person to be the first arm out of the bullpen in the winner-take-all contest. Instead, AJ Hinch went to Will Harris, Cole stayed dormant, and the whole thing imploded.
Following the loss, Cole made NO secret of his upcoming free agency, borderline refusing to operate as if he had just been a member of the Astros 30 minutes prior.
Whew. "Don't use me, you've already lost me," I guess?
As if the attitude somehow had room to get even stranger at Minute Maid Park, Cole then firmly swore allegiance to super agent Scott Boras, even replacing his Astros cap with a "Boras Corp" hat the second he got the chance to.
No, for real. That was not a goof tweet. That happened immediately.
So, where's Cole headed? It's anyone's guess. But his method of coping with the loss appears to be shunning anything and everything Astros-related in his life, so while it was assumed already there was nearly no chance he'd re-sign, this behavior has to take that possibility below zero.
Excited for him to sign a record-breaking deal with Boras Corp!