Cole pointing a finger at the 56-year-old opponent’s coach “It happened to me first. It’s the first time in my life”
- on Jun 21, 2023
In the standard Korean dictionary, ‘finger-wag’ is ‘an act of looking down on or looking down on others’. So it’s not uncommon to point fingers at older people.
New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (32) was caught repeatedly pointing his finger at the opposing manager. It was a home game against the Seattle Mariners held at Yankee Stadium on the 21st (Korean time).
During 7⅓ innings on the day, Cole had a good fight with 4 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts and 1 run, leading to a 4-1 victory and becoming the winning pitcher.
Cole, who threw 99 innings in 16 games for the season, recorded 8 wins and 1 loss, an ERA of 2.64, 106 strikeouts, and a hit rate of 0.213. (7-5, 2.27, 104K) and Texas Rangers’ Nathan Ivaldi (9-3, 2.80, 96K) made an AL Cy Young competition.
However, Cole had a war of nerves during pitching that day, and eventually even pointed his finger at the opposing coach, Scott Service (56). Right-handed hitter Jose Caballero batted after two outs in the top of the 7th inning, with the Yankees leading 3-1.
Cole induced a strike and a foul with the first and second pitches, respectively, and made the ball count advantageous with 2S. However, Caballero, who was waiting for the third pitch, calls for time and waits. Cole, who seemed uneasy about planting something, threw the ball after exchanging autographs with catcher Jose Trevino.
But the ball flew long over Caballero’s head and hit his backstop. It was a fast ball with 96.7 mph메이저사이트. It was unknown whether it was a mistake or intentional, but the local broadcaster commented that it was an “interesting scene.” The ridiculous pitch came out as Caballero got on Cole’s nerves.
Cole ended the inning by striking out Caballero with a 98.2 mph fastball on a full count. Then, as he came down the mound, he stared at the third-base Seattle dugout and gave a mocking look as he waved his right index finger from side to side 15 times. It seemed that there was a nerve-wracking message coming from the Seattle bench.
After the game, in an interview with reporters, Cole joked seriously, “Sometimes a high fastball is effective. It can dazzle the opponent’s eyes.” It means that it was a very intentional pitching.
Regarding the same situation, Caballero said, “Cole hated making me repeat the pitch clock, so he must have been angry.” That’s my routine. I hope the other person will get used to it.”
“The ball must have raised the Seattle antenna higher,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. But it was,” he explained.
Cole explained the situation, “As I was coming down the mound, the opposing manager threw a few words at me. Then he pointed a finger at me. So I just pointed my finger at me.” It means that the opponent provoked first.
He continued, “I didn’t say anything. I just watched him point a finger at me. It’s the first time in my life that an opposing manager points a finger at me.”
Meanwhile, the Yankees won all seven games in which Cole started right after losing this season. Cole recorded 4 wins in the game and an ERA of 1.87. Ace is the stopper.