Gerrit Cole may have just written his breakup letter.
The day after the Astros fell to the Nationals in Game 7 of the World Series — and Cole, a free-agent-to-be, began to distance himself from the organization — the right-handed ace took to social media to thank the organization and Houston for his two seasons pitching there as he now enters an uncertain future.
“Houston, last night was a tough one for us and the heartbreak hasn’t gotten any easier today,” Cole wrote in a note posted to his Twitter account. “Before I became an Astro I didn’t know much about Houston, but after just two years you have made it feel like home.
“So here’s what I know now. You have been overwhelmingly friendly, welcoming, and kind to my family and me. The Astros organization has been such a pleasure to play for, the Cranes are indeed special people and great owners. I’ve met lifelong friends on the team and in the community and learned a little about pitching along the way 😉.
“Playing in front of you is really something special and has been such an honor. The incredible support and passionate roars inspire our team to play at highest level we possibly can. This is a relationship between a team and it’s fans like no other that I know. Thank you for making us better people and better players. This was a great season. We have a lot to be proud of.”
Cole said some similar things Wednesday night postgame, but it came after an awkward exchange with an Astros media relations official about speaking with reporters.
“I’m not employed by the team,” Cole said, before allowing, “I guess as a representative of myself …” and then speaking with the media.
Cole also wore a hat with the logo of the Boras Corporation. It was a reminder of his big offseason ahead, when he is expected to land a big-time contract, perhaps the highest ever for a free-agent pitcher.
With the Astros trying to avoid the luxury tax, the chance of Cole re-signing in Houston could be slim. The Southern California native is expected to entertain offers from teams closer to home while the Yankees — whom Cole grew up rooting for — may also be involved in the bidding as well.
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