Yankees ace Gerrit Cole’s poor play makes ESPN star Stephen A. Smith sound really pissed off
We can almost always count on Stephen A. Smith to react when something goes wrong with one of his favorite players or teams, especially when a New York-based team has an embarrassing outing. So when the Yankees pulled their starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in the third inning, Smith didn’t disappoint.
The ESPN star tweeted to express his frustration with Cole’s gambling and banking:
Smith, like all Yankees fans, has the right to be disappointed and on edge with Cole’s performance in Tuesday’s Wild Card game against the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees ace allowed three runs and two home runs in just two and a half innings and was retired by manager Aaron Boone with the team three runs down for the Red Sox.
Yankees: Stephen A. Smith fuming for Gerrit Cole
Cole’s mishap comes as a surprise because most fans don’t expect a pitcher making $ 324 million in the next nine years for the Yankees to play so poorly, especially in a crucial playoff scenario where you will lose or lose.
His game was so egregious that Smith mentioned he missed Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who used to visit the team before games with this intensity to cheer them on.
Later in the game, Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin urged Aaron Judge to run home after a Giancarlo Stanton hit that bounced off the wall. Judge, however, was kicked out of his home. Smith was upset about that too.
Tonight, the team, and more specifically Cole, needed the fire to light under them, as they did not appear to be ready for this game.