Yankees Fantasy Camp, normally a November-January tradition at George M. Steinbrenner Field to occupy the offseason, will run late this year.
You can credit that to the sight of Gerrit Cole in his Grapefruit League pinstripes.
“You think about a World Series with him pitching Games 1, 4 and maybe 7, if necessary,” Hal Steinbrenner told The Post this past week of his $324 million investment. “He’s just as [CC] Sabathia was in his prime. He’s a solid, solid ace for any club. In any rotation.”
Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, prides himself on being less emotional and more analytical than his late father, whose name adorns the Yankees’ spring-training home. He, like his baseball operations department, appreciates that multiple mishaps and malfunctions — plus perhaps some sign-stealing misdemeanors by the other side — caused his team to fall short of the World Series each of the past three seasons, even as the Baby Bombers rose and established a new era of franchise excellence and energy.
Then you look at someone like Cole, though, certainly one of the game’s top five starting pitchers and possibly the very best. A lifelong Yankees…