For a few minutes there, it looked like Gerrit Cole needed to pack his bags for Houston.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ace, whose name has circulated in trade rumors for the past month or so, was supposedly getting traded to the Houston Astros on Wednesday morning. So said a few of the usual news-breaking reporters who cover MLB. But they’re called trade rumors for a reason, folks, namely they don’t always come to fruition. Even when the deal is reportedly “close.”
Source: "No deal" for Gerrit Cole to Houston. "False rumor."
As is the case with these things, talks could pick back up quickly. For now, though, Gerrit Cole to Houston is not happening.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2018
All of us baseball fans who were waiting for some action to heat up the ice-cold Hot Stove were sort of bummed. But that’s nothing compared to the actual human beings affected by this. And we’re not talking just about the players — but what about their families?
Gerrit Cole’s wife, Amy, tweeted this not long after Twitter calmed down and it perfectly sums up both the trade rumors about her husband and what it’s like to be a wife waiting to see how your life might drastically change.
— Amy Cole (@amy_cole23) January 10, 2018
None of this should really be a surprise to Amy, however. Before she was Amy Cole she was Amy Crawford, the sister of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. She was also a softball player at UCLA (where she met Gerrit) and won the national championship in 2010. So she knows exactly how sports life can be a roller coaster.
But it’s probably a good reminder for the rest of us. While trade-rumor season is fun for news-reading bystanders, it’s also nerve-wracking for the human beings whose lives are affected by it.
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