“The Impossible” Happened Five Years Ago Today for the Mets
Three words to start this story off. Pitchers. Who. Rake.
Now, I'll let the mind of the baseball fan reading this run wild for a bit. Who comes to mind here? Madison Bumgarner. Noah Syndergaard. Zack Grienke. Jacob deGrom, even. One man, however, entered his name into the pantheon of pitchers who rake, hit bombs, or however else you want to characterize home runs.
That man is none other than Big Sexy himself...Bartolo Colon.
May 7, 2016. It's a warm, sunny evening in San Diego, California, and the New York Metropolitans are battling the San Diego Padres. With the Mets already up 2-0 in the top of the second inning, Mets' starting pitcher Bartolo Colon stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat of the night. Colon wasn't actually the worst-hitting pitcher in the world, scattering five, six and eight-hit seasons throughout his career to this point. That said, he had never hit a home run, and there's something extra entertaining about a smiling, rotund man stepping into the batter's box.
Padres' righty James Shields got his sign from the catcher, wound up and delivered what is now the most infamous pitch of his entire career. Big Sexy, went BIG!
"THE IMPOSSIBLE HAS HAPPENED!"
42 years and 349 days young, Bartolo Colon became the oldest player ever to hit their first career home run. He rounded the bases with a huge smile on his face, and the players in the dugout were so excited, they all ran down the tunnel and into the locker room in order to give Colon the "silent treatment" when he returned to the dugout. The Mets would go on to win the game 6-3, and Colon would pick up win No. 3 on the season, and No. 221 in his career.
No win, however, can overshadow the NUKE that Bartolo Colon hit in that game.