Gerrit Cole Dazzled In His Yankees Spring Training Debut, Even Though Major League Baseball Refused To Televise It

Gerrit Cole made his Spring Training debut tonight for his new ball club the New York Yankees. Yeah that's a fun fucking sentence to type out and have it actually be true. I've wanted this man on my team for YEARS dating back to his Pittsburgh Pirates days when he was the best pitcher in baseball. Coincidentally, he faced off against his former team this evening and dispatched them with relative ease.

Because Major League Baseball is really stupid, this game was not televised. Yes, it's the year 2020 and we still have things not on TV. Insanity. I resorted to scanning Periscope where I found a hero streaming the first inning by the Twitter account of @SEANC0RBY. That man is a hero and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise. 

Cole faced four batters, struck out two, and walked one in a scoreless 20 pitch inning. His one blemish came when he lost Cole Tucker after working ahead 0-2. 

Here are some cool shots from the outing.

Now before you make fun of me, no I'm not putting much value into a one inning outing from Gerrit Cole. Can I just say it was  awesome to see him out there, and hey it didn't hurt to see him blow Josh Bell away at 98 mph? Well, I don't care for your opinion so that's what I'm doing. 

Obviously it's February and hitters' swings are a goddamn mess right now. Everyone is getting back into the swing of things (pun intended). All I care about is that Gerrit Cole pitched for the Yankees tonight and it was awesome, even if I did have to watch it via Periscope. Fucking Manfred. 

I just love how intense Gerrit Cole treats everything. His live BP, his bullpen sessions, even spring training starts. He's always working on things and trying to be perfect. It's a delight to see as a fan. He said after the game tonight, "The games don't count, but they matter." When your team spends $324 million on a pitcher you want to hear those sort of things. The dude loves baseball and wants to be perfect every time he toes the rubber. That's the shit that gets me aroused. 

P.S. I loved seeing Montgomery follow Cole with two hitless innings, punching out 3. He's slotted in as the number 4 pitcher right now and has virtually no competition for it. Good for JMo. Loved what I saw from him in 2018 and I'm hoping he can build off of it after last year's lost season.