The Yankees officially have their ace — and he’s clean-shaven.
Gerrit Cole, who followed the Yankee Way by getting rid of his beard, put on pinstripes for the first time Wednesday during his introductory press conference after signing a blockbuster nine-year, $324 million contract.
“I’d like to start with something that’s pretty special to my heart,” Cole said before taking out the notorious sign he was photographed with at a Yankee game as a child, which reads “Yankee fan today, tomorrow forever.”
“I’m here,” he said. “I’ve always been here.”
As Cole buttoned up his new No. 45 Yankees jersey, manager Aaron Boone said with a laugh, “He cleans up nice, doesn’t he?”
Cole, who was accompanied by his wife Amy and sporting slicked back hair to mask his locks, was immediately asked what made him chose the Yankees.
“Because it was my dream,” Cole said. “I had a second opportunity to chase it and it’s the best organization, in my opinion, in the league. There’s a process here that [general manager] Brian [Cashman] spoke to and that he just alluded to a couple minutes ago, about trying to bring the best people at each individual…