New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is off to a bad start in 2022.
Even before recording an out, he gave up three runs to the Yankees’ fiercest rival, the Boston Red Sox and put the Yankees in an early holeshot.
It’s not a good sign for the Yankees to start the season, as their ace they signed for nine years and $324 million doesn’t appear to be on track in his first start of 2022.
According to Yankees MLB.com reporter Bryan Hoch, Cole heard it from the Yankees crowd as the team fell to a 3-0 hole before he could even register an out.
Gerrit Cole hears boos here in the Bronx as the Red Sox lead, 3-0.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 8, 2022
A hard way to start
Luckily for Cole, Anthony Rizzo helped fill that gap with a two-point circuit.
But that’s not how you want to start if you’re Cole, hearing boos from homegrown fans on opening day in just the first run.
Of course, every little thing is scrutinized whether you’re playing for the Yankees or in New York, but Cole has already upset the Yankees faithful with his first-inning struggles.
The 31-year-old right-hander went 16-8 in 2021 with a 3.23 ERA in 30 starts.
This is of course only the first game of the season.
He’ll definitely be on his way to a better start the next time he’s on the mound, as it can’t be fun to hear the boos from the home crowd.
His track record speaks for itself though, and he should be doing great in 2022 once he gets rid of the rust.
But that was definitely not how he wanted to start his season.