Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton have been teammates on the New York Yankees for almost five full seasons now.
However, until Tuesday night, Cole had held a funny grudge against the slugger for 10 years.
That’s because Tuesday night, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning of the Yankees’ game versus the Detroit Tigers.
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Not only was it a go-ahead home run, it was also the 400th home run of Stanton’s career.
The bomb made him the fourth fastest player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 400 home run mark. Only Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Alex Rodriguez did it faster.
It was that home run, which turned out to score the game-winning run, that helped Gerrit Cole win his 13th game of the season.
And now, according to Cole they are even.
So what did Giancarlo Stanton do that caused Cole to hold a grudge against him since 2013?
Well, back when Cole was pitching for the Pirates and Stanton was playing for the Marlins, the Miami star asked Cole before a game if he could help him out.
“He said, ‘Hey, could you just just give me a fastball down the middle tomorrow. I’m just going to go the other way, I need to find my swing,'” Cole explained.
He agreed, but didn’t do it until Stanton’s third at bat of the game.
“Not being one to go back on my word, or shy away from a challenge, I gave him a fastball right down the middle,” Cole said. “But he totally reneged and clobbered it off the fish that was still out there in left-center to tied the ballgame, and I lost the win.”
Following his big home run Tuesday night, Cole said, “He just totally redeemed himself tonight getting me that win.”