Gerrit Cole preparing for first World Series Start

Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to the crowd as he leaves the mound after striking out Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo for his 300th season strikeout during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Houston.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole waves to the crowd as he leaves the mound after striking out Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo for his 300th season strikeout during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Houston. (Associated Press)

Houston – Gerrit Cole will get the baseball tonight in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series.  The Astros and Nationals begin their best of seven series at Minute Maid Park.

Cole, who won Game 5 of the ALDS and Game 3 of the ALCS, will get the start for Houston before Justin Verlander takes over in Game 2 on Wednesday.

Cole met with the World Series media on Tuesday.  Here are a few of his top quotes as he prepares for his start.

 

HOW EXCITED ARE YOU TO START GAME 1 OF THE WORLD SERIES? GROWING UP , WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR WORLD SERIES MEMORIES?

"I am really excited to start Game 1. I'm really just excited to be here.  I remember I was sitting on the third base side of Angels Stadium down towards the front row and I had a nice perspective of Bonds versus Percival, he throws him this hundred mile-an-hour fastball up by his neck and Bonds just cranks it out to right field.  I was at all of those games at Angel Stadium. We brought out the rally monkey and boom sticks.  I also went to the World Series with the Yankees and Arizona.  I think that was a special World Series I think for the whole country."

 

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF THE NATIONALS LINEUP?