Cole attended UCLA and on Thursday night got to pitch, and win, in Dodger Stadium.
Childhood dreams rarely pan out so perfectly. When asked what was the best part of his Dodger Stadium experience, however, Cole had a quick response: It was still to come.
"Vin [Scully] calling the game, that's something I'll definitely go and watch and hear what stories he's got on me, then wonder how the heck he got them," said Cole, who, as any Southern Californian baseball fan of the last 57 years, grew up listening to the incomparable redhead.
Told of Cole's homage to him, Scully said, "That's tremendous. How nice of him to say that. You can tell him I told the story about him holding up a sign as an 11-year-old at the 2001 World Series that read, 'Yankees fan today, tomorrow, forever.'"
For Cole, the only thing better than having Scully describe his 6-3 win would have been a chance to meet the man. But Scully's work this series is getting curtailed by Saturday and Sunday night's games being broadcast on network TV.
"Maybe next time," Cole said, smiling. "I'll be around here again."
So will Vin Scully.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.