- After the Houston Astros lost the World Series on Wednesday night, pitcher Gerrit Cole took off his hat and immediately distanced himself from the team.
- As a free agent he’s set to become one of the highest-paid pitchers in baseball next season, but it’s unclear where he’ll end up.
- Before he moves into free agency, Business Insider is taking a look back at a week that included his being flashed by an Instagram model, helping his team score a World Series Game 5 win, and missing the opportunity to pitch in the decisive Game 7.
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At the end of the World Series, as the Washington Nationals celebrated their win, Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole took off his team hat and replaced it with a blank cap.
It was a sign that Cole, a free agent, was done with the World Series-losing team.
Cole seems to have had quite the week. On Sunday, he was flashed by women claiming they were performing a stunt in the name of breast-cancer awareness, and that night he helped his team score a World Series Game 5 win. And then on Wednesday, he missed the opportunity to pitch in the final game of the series. The Astros instead replaced starter Zack Greinke in the seventh inning with Will Harris, who allowed a go-ahead home run, and then four other relievers.
But Cole shouldn’t be too distraught: As a free agent, he’s set to become one of the highest-paid pitchers in baseball next season. But before he makes his next move, let’s take a look back at Cole’s past few days.
2 women flashed Cole while he was pitching Sunday night
On Sunday night, during the seventh inning of Game 5 at Nationals Park in Washington, two women flashed Cole as he was on the mound.
Julia Rose and Lauren Summer, executives at Shagmag – an online lifestyle and sports publication that features topless photos of models and Instagram influencers – were barred from Major League Baseball events indefinitely after the incident, but the stunt helped them gain hundreds of subscribers and new Instagram followers. The pair claimed they flashed their breasts to raise breast-cancer awareness.
Then Cole blocked one of them on Twitter
While the story took over the media, Cole seemed unfazed by the flashing, and the Astros won the game, 7-1.
But in the days after, while Rose was going viral online,Cole blocked her on Twitter.
Rose trolled him in another tweet, where she again flashed Cole’s image as he appeared on TV.
She told Complex she tried reaching out to Cole.
“I mean, apparently he has a wife, and, you know, things can get tricky in that situation,” she said. “But I have had people say, ‘Oh, I guess that players reach out, but you definitely got his attention.’ And it was, you know, who knows if people are telling the truth or not? But I have reached out, and I said like: ‘Hey, Gerrit. I was just trying to, you know, catch your eye really quick.’ Hopefully his wife and I can be friends one day.”
After the Nats won the World Series in Game 7 on Wednesday night, Cole took off his hat and distanced himself from the Astros
Though Cole was seen warming up in the bullpen on Wednesday night, he didn’t pitch in the game. The Astros ended up losing, and the Nationals won their first World Series title.
After the game, Cole took off his Astros hat and put on a hat featuring a logo from his agent’s company, Boras Corp.
When a media-relations employee spoke with him about talking to the press, Cole apparently said, “I’m not an employee of the team.”
He then agreed to speak with reporters but said he was representing himself.
He told reporters he expected to throw in certain situations in Game 7, though manager AJ Hinch told reporters he wanted to use Cole in relief only if the Astros were leading.
Cole told reporters he had made “a lot of good friendships” while with the Astros.
“Obviously l learned a lot about pitching from my teammates,” he said. “From the pitching coaches and pitching staff. I learned a lot more about the game from AJ. And it was just a pleasure to play in the city of Houston.”
It’s not all bad – Cole’s now set up to be one of the highest-paid pitchers in baseball
Cole is heading into the offseason as a free agent, and he is likely to pick up a nine-figure contract next season.
He’s been linked to several teams, including the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels, but it remains unknown where he’ll end up.
For now, though, Cole said, “technically I’m unemployed.”
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