Gerrit and Amy Cole are closing their Houston chapter.
On Tuesday, the wife of the new Yankees ace paid tribute to their former city, hours before Cole’s New York introduction.
“As is the case with baseball, you don’t often get to control where your life will take you,” Amy began on Instagram. “In our case, baseball brought us to Houston and the Astros two years ago and we will forever be grateful for our time there. We were welcomed from day one and made to feel a part of the community – like it was where we were meant to live and grow. And, man, did we grow.”
In January 2018, Cole was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Astros, which included “two inspiring playoff runs.”
“Our time in Houston was chock-full of wins both on and off the field. We made friends that now feel like family. We experienced the support of unwavering fans that always held hope until the bottom of the 9th (or, in some cases, extra innings),” Amy continued. “We discovered the wonder of Tex-Mex and fell in love with the city’s summer storms. Remembering what it was like to watch G flourish there, with so much encouragement from those around him (both from inside the organization and surrounding it) will always make my heart swell.”
Amy, who also gained a friend in Justin Verlander’s wife, Kate Upton, said she and Cole will “always remember Houston as a happy home.”
“We’re so grateful to the city, it’s team, and it’s people for making us one of their own. I know that every time I step foot back in H-Town, it’ll bring a big smile to my face, remembering two of the best years of our lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for everything,” she shared.
Cole agreed to a record-breaking nine-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees earlier this month. He will take part in an introductory press conference Wednesday in the Bronx without his signature scruff.