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Gerrit Cole blames Opening Day festivities for subpar begin

New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole doesn’t get rattled by something … apart from minor inconveniences.

Cole had a shaky begin to the 2022 season on Friday, getting roughed up on Opening Day by the Boston Purple Sox. The All-Star righty surrendered three earned runs within the first inning and didn’t even make it to the fifth inning. Cole escaped with a no-decision although for the reason that Yankees got here again and received in further innings 6-5.

Afterwards, Cole provided the strangest excuse for his shoddy efficiency. He mentioned that the delayed begin to the competition (because of the Opening Day festivities at Yankee Stadium operating barely lengthy) was “an unexpected problem” for him. The size of the delay? 4 complete minutes (pushing again the primary pitch from 1:08 to 1:12 PM).

“The festivities acquired a little bit away from the schedule,” mentioned Cole, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Certainly, Cole was seen angrily yelling, “Let’s go!” from the dugout whereas the pregame festivities had been nonetheless occurring.

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