Gerrit Cole’s Twitter feed indicates that he’s more than ready to start earning his massive New York Yankees contract as soon as possible.
On Monday, New York Yankees fans who follow Gerrit Cole on Twitter were treated to a video of the ace throwing a pitch in the Yankee Stadium bullpen. The footage simultaneously inspires breathtaking hope and agonizing frustration over MLB’s lack of a finalized plan for the 2020 season.
Baseball state of mind pic.twitter.com/oEvzA8fZyz
— Gerrit Cole (@GerritCole45) June 15, 2020
The short video opens with a quick clip of the ballpark from a moving vehicle. It then cuts to a single Cole heater, poured across the inside corner at the letters to a righty batter.
Cole captioned the video with the phrase, “Baseball state of mind.” It’s of course a baseball-themed play on the title of a hit Billy Joel tune about New York City.
In the offseason, the 29-year-old ace signed a record-breaking $324 million contract that will put him in pinstripes for nine years. The first season may never take place though.
MLB and the players’ union have yet to reach an agreement to salvage the COVID-19-delayed 2020 season.
Cole’s tweet came amid a flood of similar messages from MLB players itching to resolve the issues and return to the field.
Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor delivered an especially passionate tweet:
The fans are ready to watch us play, the world is ready to watch us play, the coaches are ready to coach, the players are ready to play and I’m ready to play. Put a time and a place; we will all be there. Let’s play ball!!!! #When&Where pic.twitter.com/0TPvRuPSw3
— Francisco Lindor (@Lindor12BC) June 15, 2020
“The fans are ready to watch us play, the world is ready to watch us play, the coaches are ready to coach, the players are ready to play and I’m ready to play,” the All-Star shortstop typed. “Put a time and a place; we will all be there. Let’s play ball!!!!”
Bombers utility player Tyler Wade also included himself in the social media action. He summed up the situation perfectly, offering up a single hashtag: “#wereready.”
— Tyler Wade (@_tylerwade) June 15, 2020
Cole certainly appears ready to swap his shorts out for long pants with pinstripes.