TAMPA — Here on the calm side of the Sunshine State, Gerrit Cole shrugged uncomfortably at the five-alarm dumpster fire engulfing his most recent employers.
The rest of the Yankees don’t seem to feel quite as terrible about it.
“Nobody’s getting a win out of this, and it doesn’t look very good,” Cole said, referring to the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “I guess I’m just fortunate to be able to be here, move past it, and, I guess, get to experience all the great things about coming to a new team.”
The Yankees agreed to pay Cole $324 million over nine years to join them for myriad reasons, starting with his talent, his personality and his age, and it certainly served as an alluring bonus that they directly weakened their top rival by swiping the right-hander directly from the Astros.
And now, as this Astros-hued mushroom cloud keeps expanding thanks to the continued public-relations felonies by Houston’s woefully tone-deaf owner Jim Crane and his merry band of generally insensitive players, all of whom embarrassed themselves as they opened their camp across the way in West Palm Beach, the selection of Cole…