Gerrit Cole may have a $ 324 million contract and a penchant for fine wine, but the ace of the New York Yankees still drives a 16-year-old car.

Whenever the Bronx bombers are in the Los Angeles area, according to NJ.com, Cole gets around in a 2006 Toyota Tacoma he has had since high school. In the heart of the 30-year-old, the white pickup holds a special place with 82,000 miles.

“It’s the car I drove everything in high school,” Cole told NJ.com. “It’s funny. I get in and think about all the youth baseball stuff I did in that truck.”

The truck was a gift from his father and stayed with him through both high school and college at UCLA. Cole even took it with him to spring training in Arizona when he was first drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.

Cole, a four-time all-star who makes $ 36 million a year, says the main reason he still uses the car – which sold for between $ 15,000 and $ 25,000 when it was released – is pretty simple: It still works.

“[It’s] super reliable, “he said.” This isn’t a Toyota commercial, but man, I really didn’t have any problems with it. I’m not here very often, so when we go to the beach or carry around Christmas presents or whatever, that comes in handy. “

However, that doesn’t mean that Cole hasn’t made any upgrades. The Cy Young 2021 favorite replaced the car’s old CD player with a Pioneer sound system with Apple CarPlay, according to the report.

Selling the car would make Cole just over $ 7,800, according to vehicle valuation firm Kelley Blue Book – roughly the same amount that Cole makes on average in less than two hours. A 2021 Toyota Tacoma has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $ 26,400.

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