Brett Gardner and Gerrit Cole reportedly got into a bit of a sticky situation back in June.
According to Bob Klapisch of NJ Advance Media, Gardner was trying to lighten things up in the clubhouse amid MLB’s crackdown of “sticky stuff” with pitchers by parading around with pine tar on his hat.
Cole, whose bumbling non-denial of using Spider Tack made him front and center of the controversy, did not find Gardner’s joke amusing, though.
Per Klapisch, the veteran outfielder was trying to get a laugh out of Cole but instead got an earful as the Yankees ace got into Gardner’s face and told him to knock it off in full view of the rest of their teammates.
It reportedly took Cole a full day for him to calm down before he eventually apologized to Gardner, who carries a reputation as a clubhouse leader and is known for keeping things loose.
In what was a tumultuous Yankees season, it certainly is eye-opening to see how things got heated between two of the supposed leaders in the Yankees clubhouse.
Klapisch used the incident to argue that the Yankees need someone like David Cone on the coaching staff to help mentor Cole and get him to learn how to pitch without being heavily reliant on sticky substances like Spider Tack.
Klapisch also details other issues that popped up with the Yankees over the course of the season, including Aaron Judge and Nestor Cortes upset about YES Network cameras tracking them — Judge in the dugout after a strikeout and Cortes after exiting the mound following one of his starts.