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A photo of 11-year-old Gerrit Cole supporting the Yankees at the 2001 World Series has resurfaced after his record $324 million contract

  • Gerrit Cole has played for two teams in his seven-year MLB career, but it's clear the newly-minted Yankees ace has always had a soft spot for the Bronx Bombers.
  • A photo of an 11-year-old Cole at Game 6 of the 2001 World Series between New York and the Arizona Diamondbacks has resurfaced on social media in light of the former Houston Astros pitcher's historic nine-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees.
  • Yankees general manager┬áBrian Cashman used that to his advantage in trying to woo Cole to New York, bringing his childhood hero, star left-handed pitcher Andy Pettitte, to meetings with the coveted asset, his wife, and his agent, Scott Boras.
  • Cole will join a stacked bullpen in the Bronx next season that includes 2017 and 2018 All-Star Luis Severino, lefty power pitcher James Paxton, and Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka.

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