Life comes at you fast. Everything can change in a matter of months, weeks, or even days. The coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak is proof of that, but oddly enough, it only added to the whirlwind offseason New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole has gone through.
Back in December 2019, the three-time MLB All-Star and perennial Cy Young candidate tossed away his Houston Astros jersey and shaved his beard to sign a record-setting, nine-year deal and don baseball’s famous pinstripes. Then, less than a month later, Cole and his wife Amy announced they were expecting their first child this summer.
So much has changed, but baseball remains a constant in the Cole household, even during quarantine and while Amy was pregnant.
Amy Cole Shows Off Pitching Skills
For as much as Gerrit Cole isn’t the average Major League Baseball starting pitcher, Amy Cole is far from the average athlete herself. She’s actually an accomplished softball player and baseball runs in her family.
So to see her and Gerrit enjoying a game of catch isn’t surprising. Nor is it a shock she can throw some heat with her fastball and has movement on her slider.
But to do it all while pregnant? That’s definitely next level.
Gerrit Cole Announces Birth of Son Caden
On June 30, 2020, Caden Gerrit Cole was born. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to The New York Post, and arrived just before Yankees ace Gerrit Cole reported to Yankee Stadium ahead of the 2020 MLB season.
“Amy is doing excellent and he is doing excellent,” Cole said, via The Post. “He’s strong. He’s a good mix of his dad and his mom. He’s a little towhead. He’s absolutely adorable. He’s got big blue eyes and gosh I just can’t stop staring at him.”
It will be some time before the new baby boy gets in a bullpen session, but you better believe Yankees manager Aaron Boone is already scouting the future ace.
Gerrit Cole’s Wife Amy Crawford
Amy Cole — formerly known as Amy Crawford — is the sister of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. She won the Women’s College World Series with the UCLA Bruins, too.
The Crawfords grew up in the Bay Area, while Cole grew up in Newport Beach. Amy and Geritt met each other in college at UCLA and dated for three years before their engagement in July 2015. They tied the knot in November 2016, according to PlayersWiki.
“I remember thinking she was the prettiest girl I had ever met and I wanted to get to know her.”
As of 2019, Amy Cole is a recruiting manager at Essex Mortgage, a career coach at Athletes to Careers, and earns $100,000 per year.
The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole, who started his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and led the American League in ERA and the major leagues in strikeouts with the Astros in 2019, is likely ready to get back to work after spring training and a long break, but he’s proving home life isn’t bad, either.
There’s no doubt his Opening Day will be much different than the rest, too.
This post was originally published on April 9, 2020 before updating after the birth of son Caden Gerrit Cole.