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“Lights You Up…”: $324M Yankees Ace Delivers Touching Fatherly Message While Sharing CY Young-Worthy Season With Son

Published 09/22/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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The New York Yankees have been anything but a pleasure to watch this season. With a poor offense throughout the year, the burden has lain on defense. And Gerrit Cole has accepted the challenge beautifully. Although the pitcher has been in New York since 2019 on a massive 9-year, $324 million contract, the World Series has always been out of reach. What Cole does have in his hand this season though is an AL Cy Young award.

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The first of his career, the 33-year-old is a strong contender for one of the greatest pitching titles in MLB. But another reason that Cole is beloved in the Bronx is his family. Or particularly his son, Caden Cole, for whom he had a sweet message recently.

Gerrit Cole Is Proud To Be Sharing 2023 With His Son


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Yesterday’s series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays was an important victory for the Yankees. At this crucial stage in the season, the team’s postseason chances are balancing on a precarious edge. Only one side is favorable to fall to and this last week of the regular season will dictate how October goes. Gerrit Cole is determined to make it past September.

Yesterday’s game saw a brilliant performance from the Yankees pitcher on the mound as he allowed one run on just two hits, struck out nine, and walked none in eight innings. The night ended with New York’s 5-3 victory over Toronto and Cole later spoke to reporters about what it meant to have his son witness his MLB prowess. “It’s just an experience I’m super grateful for. It keeps you grounded.”


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“It gives you a sense of self-worth to set an example for him whether you have a successful night or not, or how you go about your business. He loves the Yankees, he loves all my teammates. As a father, any time you can make your son smile, it lights you up. It gives you a boost of energy so I’m super grateful for it,” the pitcher added.

Baseball Fans Applaud New York Yankees Pitcher Gerrit Cole as “Ace Dad” After Sharing a Sweet Moment With His Son on the Field

Fans also focused on a sweet moment Cole shared with his son. He appeared to be making an LOP sign with his fingers but didn’t give an explanation. Nevertheless, his words were enough to earn him more love.

New York Yankees Fans Adore Cole’s Heartfelt Words

Gerrit Cole’s hilarious personality is already a winning point in his arsenal. With his pitching skills, the 33-year-old continues to win hearts. Moreover, the sweet moments shared with his son never fail to induce ‘aww’ moments.

One fan loved him even more for these words.

Another shed tears.

One simply said, “That’s my ace 💙”


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Most were moved by his sincerity towards fatherhood.


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This clip was probably one of the most heartwarming moments on the internet today.

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Written by:

Arunima Bhanot


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Arunima Bhanot is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. Her tryst with MLB was accidental, but what followed was nothing short of a pursuit of excellence. Arunima's articles have been recognized as Editor's Picks on multiple occasions, highlighting her exceptional attention to detail and insightful coverage.
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Deepanshi Bajaj