Gerrit Cole may have a $ 324 million contract and some fine wine tastings, but the New York Yankees ace still drives a 16-year-old car.
According to NJ.com, whenever the Bronx bombers are in the Los Angeles area, Cole flies in a 2006 Toyota Tacoma from the time he was in high school. The white van, which has 82,000 miles, holds a special place in the heart of the 30-year-old.
“This is the car I drove for everything in high school,” Cole told NJ.com. “It’s funny. I go there and think about all the kid baseball stuff that goes in that truck.
The truck was a gift from his father and was with him during his high school and college years at UCLA. Cole even took him to spring training in Arizona when he was first drafted in 2011 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cole, a quadruple All-Star who earns $ 36 million a year, explains that the main reason he still uses the car – which retired at the exit for between $ 15,000 and $ 25,000 – is quite simple: it still works.
“[It’s] Super reliable, ”he said. “It’s not a Toyota commercial, but, man, I really don’t have a problem with that. I’m not here a lot so it’s handy when we go to the beach or when we hang out with Christmas presents or things like that.
That doesn’t mean Cole didn’t offer any upgrades, though. Apparently, the 2021 Cy Young Awards favorite has replaced the car’s old CD player with a Pioneer audio system with Apple CarPlay.
According to vehicle valuation company Kelley Blue Book, selling the car would earn Cole a profit of just over $ 7,800, roughly the same amount Cole earns in less than two hours on average. A 2021 Toyota Tacoma, meanwhile, has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $ 26,400.
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