As the first overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft, Gerrit Cole is the visage of optimism for a long suffering Pirates fan base whose big league debut is being met with much hype and anticipation. With enough pressure already thrown atop the 22 year old, there's probably not a whole lot else which could add to his anxiety, but it also can't help to know you'll be squaring off against a man who may be your future brother in law.
In this case, Gerrit Cole's girlfriend Amy Crawford is the sister of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford against whom Cole squares off against tonight. Both Cole and Amy Crawford were pitchers at UCLA, with Crawford obviously pitching for the softball team. After graduating a couple years ago, Amy will be able to attend her boyfriend's debut against her brother, despite her old UCLA Bruins softball team heading off to the College World Series. Amy was a sociology major who graduated in 2011, who also listed Will Smith after favorite actor, Friends as her favorite TV Show, and Oceans 11, 12 & 13 as her favorite movies.
As for allegiances - for once, it doesn't appear to be a totally split decision. Amy didn't mind announcing by Twitter that she'll be sitting in the home section with the other Pirates wives when Cole toes the rubber for the first time. Fortunately, she can revert back to her Giants allegiance after the game as an October meeting is unlikely between the two squads for this season.