New York Yankees Fans Fiercely Pick Sides as Gerrit Cole- Brett Gardner Feud Drama Unfolds

Published 10/25/2021, 1:19 PM EDT
Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


New York Yankees’ fans were still recovering from their team’s disappointing exit when news broke about an incident between Yankees players Gerrit Cole and Brett Gardner. The drama unfolded as an incident from the Yankees clubhouse was revealed.

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Brett Gardner had pulled off a funny prank on Cole, but the star pitcher did not seem thrilled about it.

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New York Yankees’ fan reactions to the incident

Yankees suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals, Boston Red Sox, in the AL Wild Card Game. One of the unexpected failures in the match was Yankees’ star pitcher Gerrit Cole. Yankees are paying a hefty  $324 million amount to Gerrit, making him a pivotal part of the team. 

Surprisingly, Cole just pitched in two innings when the fans thought he would be the star of the show.

Sep 29, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) throws a pitch against Toronto Blue Jay in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

After their loss, a dramatic incident between Cole and the longest tenure player, Yankees’ Brett Gardner, has been revealed. According to the rumor, Gardner pulled off a prank on Cole, wearing a hat with pine tar, to lighten up his mood. 

Cole, whose name has been involved in the usage of foreign substances, took offense at Gardner’s antics and asked him to stop it. However, later on, Cole apologized to the Veteran player. Gardner has been part of the Yankees for more than a decade now, while Cole joined the team in 2019. 

Sep 30, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) is greeted after hitting a solo home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Fans on Twitter picked their side between the veteran and the superstar. Some Yankees’ fans trolled Cole for being disrespectful to one of the senior Yankees players, who is popularly known for his lightheartedness in the clubhouse. 

Fans supporting Gerrit Cole

While some supported the veteran star, some fans were also sensitive towards Cole, who has gone through a tough time. Even Red Sox fans had trolled him during the match with foreign substances, disturbing his mental health. And, now his own teammate using a sensitive topic to prank him, might have been tough for him. 

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There have also been speculations about their feud affecting Cole’s performance in the matches. Do you think the prank might have affected Cole on the pitch?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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