TAMPA — It took about a decade longer than they would have liked, but Gerrit Cole finally threw his first pitches as a Yankee on Wednesday, as the team got a look at the $324-million pitcher when he arrived to spring training and threw his side session in pinstripes.
And while the bullpen session wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, Aaron Boone was still impressed with his new top pitcher.
“His attention to detail is special,’’ the manager said. “It was a good first day for him.”
Cole had a lengthy chat with Boone and other staff members after the session, which is what stood out most to his new manager.
“To get to have a conversation with him and to see him confirming all those things we saw from him this winter when we got to meet with him [was good],’’ Boone said. “How specific he is about everything he’s doing and just that understanding of every pitch he makes, what he’s doing, what it needs to look like and his mechanics involved with it.’’
It’s that mindset that attracted the Yankees to Cole, both when they drafted him out of high school in 2008 and when they inked him to the nine-year deal this offseason in the richest contract…