ANAHEIM, Calif. This was not the first time that Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole had pitched at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Big A is regularly used in CIF and prep all-star games and the Santa Ana native had grown up practically down the street.
It felt like every other start as the former UCLA and Orange Lutheran star as he took the field, stretched and began warming up.
Until suddenly, a familiar song made him realize that this start would, in fact, be different: This time, Cole was on the mound as a big leaguer.
I think it hit me when I heard the Calling all the Angels (song) at the beginning of the game because Ive been listening to that song since I was like six, Cole said. Thats kind of when it hit me.
Reality also hit him in the seventh inning when Albert Pujols teed off on a fastball, sending it deep into the left field stands.
At least it came to somebody who has done it like 500 times, Cole said.
Pujols' homer went for naught, as the Angels fell 5-2. C...