In a much bigger picture, Hal Steinbrenner seduced Gerrit Cole to join the Yankees with a staggering amount of money and the belief he could pitch the Yankees to multiple World Series titles.
That may or not happen during the nine years Cole works for Steinbrenner, who with sister Jennifer, club president Randy Levine and COO Lonn Trost watched Cole smother the Red Sox on Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
Nevertheless, Cole’s first taste of what used to be baseball’s greatest rivalry was also why Steinbrenner wanted him in pinstripes.
Since Aaron Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton on the injured list earlier in the day with a strained right calf, the Yankees’ lineup was without plenty of firepower. Add in Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks all frigid at the same time, and Cole needed to deliver against a solid, if not great, lineup.
Cole accepted the challenge in his fifth start and pitched the Yankees to a 10-3 victory. The win raised Cole’s season record to 4-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.76.