SHOCKING: Gerrit Cole Feud With New York Yankees Teammate May Have Derailed MLB Postseason Hopes

Published 10/25/2021, 1:01 PM EDT
Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) pulls starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


New York Yankees had an embarrassing exit from the 2021 season, after being knocked out by Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game. One of the biggest setbacks for the team was Gerrit Cole failing. Interestingly, a recently surfaced rumor might have revealed the reason for his shortfalls.

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Gerrit Cole was the team’s highest-paid player, and the expectations were sky-high from him. However, his head may not have been in the right place due to troubles within the team.  

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Brett Gardner’s prank on Gerrit Cole 

 

In the 2021 season, the New York Yankees were one of the favorite teams to reach the post-season. With players having payrolls above $200 million, the team was expected to shine but had a disappointing outing. 

A shocking incident has been revealed that took place in the Yankees clubhouse. Reportedly, a dramatic moment took place between Yankees’ highest-paid player Gerrit Cole and their longest-tenured player Brett Gardner.

Gerrit Cole had faced a lot of trolls this year because of the usage of foreign substances like spider tack. After being trolled by baseball fans, and even Yankees fans, his own teammate making fun of the situation seemed to push him over the edge.

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Gardner paraded around the clubhouse with pine tar on his hat. While he expected Cole to laugh, the Yankees star did not appreciate his prank; as he asked Gardner to knock it off. 

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 his aggressive reaction, Cole apologized to Gardner later on. Although, his reaction showcases how much he was affected by the entire situation around the use of foreign substances. 

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It wouldn’t be fair to put the blame on the prank incident, as things weren’t great for Yankees since the start. But, if Cole wasn’t happy with the prank, it might just have created some differences in the locker-room which can be disruptive to team spirit. 

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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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