Of course, everyone flooded to social media to give their take on the whole thing. Here are some of the best reactions.
Yankees fans woke up feeling great this morning:
The price was nearly one million dollars for every strikeout in 2019, and he got it. (Minus $2 million, but close enough)
So Gerrit Cole gets $1 million per strikeout. He struck out 326 last year— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2019
Cole is headed straight to the bank.
Some people are sweating just looking at how much money Cole is getting.
But remember, it's not your money.
I wanted the Yankees to pay Gerrit Cole $252 million for six years, so the three extra at $72 million seems very reasonable to ride out on. Mostly, it’s not my money. And unless Hank or Hal follows me, it’s not yours, either.— Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) December 11, 2019
Let's put the dollar sign in perspective for a minute.
Gerrit Cole cost $1M less than Angel Stadium and the 133 acres of ripe, undeveloped land that surrounds it. Unreal.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) December 11, 2019
Current Yankees players, including Aaron Judge, had to hop on Twitter to share their excitement
😏— Aaron Judge (@TheJudge44) December 11, 2019
When words fail, emojis and gifs are here to express excitement.
Can't you just picture him already at Yankee Stadium in those classic, iconic, Nike logo -- I mean pinstripe -- jerseys.
This is a pretty good point, that parking is expensive.
Good news for Gerrit Cole is that he might be able to afford parking around Yankee Stadium during the postseason now— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) December 11, 2019
Kids, if you are reading this and you want to one day have $324 million, my best advice is to pick up a baseball, like yesterday.
I’m going to miss Didi Gregorius. That’s all I have to say right now. I ask that you please respect my privacy during this difficult time— Nick Parco (@nick_parco) December 11, 2019
... but I think the addition of Cole will make them feel a little bit better.