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Photo of Young Gerrit Cole as a Diehard Yankee Fan is So Weird

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 10:  Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pauses before taking the mound in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park on October 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Houston Astros - Game Five | Tim Warner/Getty Images

Gerrit Cole, ace of the Houston Astros, might be the most untouchable pitcher we've seen since peak Pedro Martinez. Heading into Yankee Stadium for Game 3 on Tuesday, there aren't many who believe he'll be rattled by the new-age
"ghosts" in the building.

But there's one slight complicating factor.

Cole was a self-professed huge Yankee fan as a child, and in case you don't believe him, there's photo evidence. He attended Game 7 of the 2001 World Series in the desert, and was even photographed holding a sign professing his eternal loyalty to the NYY.

Cole, for what it's worth, now claims he was both a Yankees and Angels fan, which doesn't feel like a real thing (but will certainly impact his free agency).

Cole spurned the Yankees in 2008 when they selected him in the first round, and managed to navigate himself to Houston in '18, too, when the Pirates decided they preferred the Astros' trade offer.

Now, it's his mission to make their lives miserable. Again.