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Gerrit Cole just had his first big Yankees moment

Gerrit Cole is officially a New York Yankee, having been introduced at the Stadium Wednesday morning.

If you’ve been following Cole at all over the course of his career, then you’ve no doubt seen the photo of him, 11-years-old at the time, holding a sign at Game 6 of the 2001 World Series that says “Yankee Fan, Today, Tomorrow, Forever.” You also know that the Yankees have been trying to obtain Cole since he was in high school.

Before Cole addressed the media, he reached down, and grabbed something behind the podium. It was the sign from 2001 — faded, but still intact.

Cole had a message for everyone watching, and it was his first big Yankees moment. The kind that gives you chills. “I’m here. I’ve always been here,” he said, before posing for a photo.

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