The Yankees big free agent splash is the equivalent of the awesome Christmas present that's been stuck in the garage for months.
You know how cool it is and you can't wait to use it, like a new set of golf clubs, but life gets in the way. (If only life could find a way to actually help me hit a golf ball, but that's a story for a different day!)
Gerrit Cole has been everything as advertised leading into the start of this very strange 2020 season. Cole's introduction to the Bronx has been the polar opposite of Randy Johnson when he came to the team in 2005.
Randy Johnson shoved a cameraman, while Gerrit Cole pulled your heartstrings by finding his childhood Yankees sign from the attic of his parents abode.
He won the press conference not only with the trip down memory lane, but the well-spoken and thoughtful answers that gave you the impression he is a guy who will have no problem pitching in New York on the big stage.
Likewise, the connection between Cole and his teammates has appeared seamless, and he instantly fit in as one of the guys.
Oh, and the stuff on the mound is as good as it gets.
Gerrit Cole is coming off the season of his life in 2019, but he is well aware of the fact that he has been brought in to push the Yankees over the top.
Cole's presence is supposed to help elevate the Yankees, a team that has been knocking on the door the last three seasons, to a team that is at the top of the mountain holding the World Series trophy.
Can Gerrit Cole be the missing piece for the Yankees the same way Reggie Jackson pushed them over the top in 1977? Can Cole lead the rotation the way CC Sabathia delivered during his first season in the Bronx back in 2009.
Cole will try to accomplish what both Reggie Jackson and CC Sabathia achieved: a title in their first season in the Yankees pinstripes.
I know it's been a while since we last watched a baseball game, but go back and watch some highlights from Game 5 of last year's World Series. You’ll see nasty stuff combined with a cool, calm and collective demeanor.
It's about time for Yankees fans to break out that Christmas present. Is it going to live up to the hype?
For Gerrit Cole, the chance to live up to the incredible expectations starts next Thursday in Washington, D.C., when he faces the Nationals and their ace, Max Scherzer?
Get your popcorn ready.