New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole must really hate actor Billy Crystal, who threw out the first pitch on Opening Day. Cole doesn’t like to be late.
Duly noted. Gerrit Cole is a Type A personality.
The Yankees ace doesn’t handle being late very well. On Friday afternoon, the Yankees-Red Sox start time was moved back four solid minutes due to Crystal’s first pitch. Cole looked visibly shaken in the dugout, and proceeded to give up three first-inning runs to the Red Sox, including a home run to Rafael Devers.
When asked about his frustration after the game, Cole doubled down.
“The festivities got a little away from the schedule,” Cole said via Bryan Hoch.
Yankees, Gerrit Cole overcome rough start against Red Sox
Cole gave up three runs in the first, but then responded with a solid outing after the fact. The ace was on a pitch count due to a shorter spring training.
The Yankees would rally thanks to home runs by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton. Come the bottom of the 11th inning, New York picked up a win thanks to new acquisition Josh Donaldson, who recorded a game-winning single to drive home fellow former Twin Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
It was a party in the Bronx, even if things started out on the wrong foot. As for Cole, he might want to be a little more flexible, especially on Opening Day.