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Signing Gerrit Cole — Exciting as Signing Catfish

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New york, N.Y. - Dec. 18, 2019 Gerrit Cole poses for a photo at Yankee Stadium during a press conference at Yankee Stadium in New York City. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Before I left New York for spring training, Yankee team president Randy Levine told me that I should make a point of meeting our newest pitcher, Gerrit Cole. Mr. Levine said that there is something very special about him.

Randy Levine has big passion for the Yankees and understands that not just anyone can come to New York and take the Yankees to the promised land the way a Ron Guidry or Catfish Hunter did.

However, Randy Levine, like Brian Cashman, Hal and Hank Steinbrenner have a real good feeling about Cole.

Upon my arrival at the camp, I saw all of the attention Gerrit was getting.

I decided to keep my distance; I didnt want to get in the way.

Yesterday when I was leaving Steinbrenner Field, I saw a figure walking towards me in the dark Yankee tunnel. I looked up and it was Gerrit Cole.

I identified myself, and he could not have been more pleasant.

He told me that he was really enjoying being a Yankee.

But, I stupidly got confused with the fact that Cole had always been a Yankee fan and said to him that I loved that he was a New York guy. He immediately straightened me out and told me that he was a California guy — we laughed.

The thing that I liked the most about Cole was when I mentioned that the kids of New York were looking forward to meeting him, his eyes sparkled.

He said that he also couldnt wait to meet them.

I was there when George Steinbrenner signed Catfish Hunter — that was truly a great time for the Yankees and New York.

Forty five years later to see Hal and Hank Steinbrenner do the same thing with Gerrit Cole truly brings that same excitement and energy to a city that is really longing for it . . . and a world championship.

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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Forty five years later to see Hal and Hank Steinbrenner do the same thing with Gerrit Cole truly brings that same excitement and energy to a city that is really longing for it — and a World Championship.
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