“He ducked me,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole HILARIOUSLY reveals his past experience facing MLB great Derek Jeter

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole shares an hilarious moment about Derek Jeter. He recalled how the Captain once ducked him by bailing out of the double header game during his rookie days.


“He ducked me,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole HILARIOUSLY reveals his past experience facing MLB great Derek Jeter

Gerrit Cole (L) and Derek Jeter (R) [Pic Credit: Pinstripes Nation/Insider]

As the MLB takes a few days’ break from the regular season, it is time for the All-Star game. On Monday the T-Mobile Park in Seattle hosted the 2023 Home-run derby which witnessed great actions. Before the game several stars were out there on the field, getting ready for the big game together. During this time, Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole joined the MLB ON FOX broadcast team of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and David Ortiz. Cole would go on to take a hilarious swipe at the former Yankee captain.

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During the segment, Cole was asked how he would try to pitch against the three greats alongside him. He started off by saying how Jeter “ducked” him during his early days. While Jeter was in the twilight of his career, Cole was still a rookie. The current Yankee pitcher recalled how during a double-header Jeter decided to step away from his pitching.

Jeter ducked me honestly,” Cole stated to start off his answer. He went on to state how he had faced off against Big Papi in Pittsburgh. Cole claimed that Jeter decided to back away from the second game which he was supposed to start. Cole later went on to explain that no matter what he tried, the guys would have still managed to hit him. His best option according to him would have been the slider, but still, he would have to be absolutely perfect and not give them an inch.

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Gerrit Cole named starting pitcher in All-Star Game

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Gerrit Cole in action (Pic Credit: CNBC)

Being named in the All-Star Game is something that many players dream of. Gerrit Cole has now been selected for this marquee event for the sixth time in his legendary career. However, on Tuesday he will be the starting pitcher, something which he had dreamed of for years. He will lead the American League on the mound against the National League.

The southpaw currently holds a 9-2 record going into the game. Considering the poor form of the Yankees this season, these stats prove how valuable he is for the New York side. His last start came on Saturday against the Cubs in his side 6-3 win. “It’s always something that I wanted to do and I feel like I am physically able to do it,” Cole said before thanking AL manager Dusty Baker for this chance.

Cole’s counterpart for the game will be D-Backs Zac Gallen. Similarly to Cole, Gallen has been dominating in the NL. He leads the charts for the most wins and leads the pitchers in the WAR category. After initial struggles, the American League has been dominating this event. They have won the last nine in a row and have edged out the bragging rights. The National League would be hoping to stop this barren run on Tuesday.

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