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Gerrit Cole Releases Message For The Houston Astros

Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole in Game 5 of the World Series.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros reacts against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning in Game Five of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

On Wednesday night, the Houston Astros fell in Game 7 of the World Series to the Washington Nationals.

All seven games were won by the road team, for the first time in World Series history.

Late in the game, fans criticized Astros manager AJ Hinch for not pitching ace Gerrit Cole. He stuck with Zack Greinke and then went to Will Harris - both of whom gave up home runs and blew the lead.

Cole made it clear he was not happy with Hinch's decision to not put him in the game. He told reporters the plan was for him to see action if the Astros held the lead - which they did in the top of the seventh inning.

Cole also made it clear he is a free agent following the close of the season. When asked to respond to questions after the game, Cole addressed the media as an individual - not part of the Astros team.

If that wasn't enough, his message to Astros fans on Thursday afternoon made it clear he's done playing for Houston.

Cole is in line to become the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. Several teams, including the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees will be vying for his services.

We'll have to wait and see where he goes.