“That’s the Right Move”: Gerrit Cole Defends Shocking Pull Out of New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox Game

Published 10/06/2021, 5:38 AM EDT
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


Things went down south for the New York Yankees on Tuesday as they missed out on the post-season yet again, losing to rivals, Boston Red Sox. Adding to the list of their disappointments was pitcher Gerrit Cole, who struggled from the very start. Eventually, team manager Aaron Boone was forced to pull him out.

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Arch-nemesis Boston Red Sox comfortably defeated the New York Yankees by 6-2 to clinch the wild card spot. One of the biggest threats to the Red Sox was Yankees’ pitcher, Gerrit Cole, given his recent form. However, Red Sox had luck on their side as Cole left the pitch in the third innings.

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Gerrit Cole explains Boone’s decision

Going into the match, all eyes turned to Gerrit. In fact, he himself looked forward to the clash, revealing his excitement in an interview, a few days ago. However, things did not go as planned on match-day.

Cole seemed to be off and less confident on the pitch against Red Sox, as he allowed two early home runs in the game. However, it was just the third innings and fans backed him to find his form soon. But to much surprise, manager Boone shocked everyone and called him out. Notably, it was the shortest pitch Cole had ever done in his career’s 13 postseason starts.

Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) walks to the dugout after being pulled against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

After the devastating loss, Gerrit was asked if he was surprised and bothered by Boone’s decision. To that, he said, “We needed to get a ground ball double play in the 3rd inning and probably no one was more equipped to do that on our team than Clay( Holmes) or Jonathan( Loaisiga) at that point. We’ve got to win and that’s the right move.”

What went wrong with the New York Yankees?

Not taking the credit away from the Boston Red Sox, but Yankees’ petty mistakes did half the job for them. Undeniably, Red Sox dominated the Yankees throughout the game, as the Yankees star pitcher had one of his worst starts.

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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

However, going forward, Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton still tried to make a comeback with their solo home runs. But, third coach Phil Nevin’s one wrong decision killed all their hopes of winning as it led to Red Sox smoothly sending Aaron Judge home, and subsequently, the whole team.

Who do you think was the biggest disappointment in the New York Yankees vs Red Sox match?

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Shreya Verma

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

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