You may think I’m lying. I certainly would. We’ve all seen the New York Mets’ starter Bartolo Colon‘s poor attempts at the plate.
They’re bad. Just bad and usually extremely entertaining. From his batting stance to his attempts at running to first to the fact that Colon ALWAYS manages to lose his helmet, it never fails to be fun to watch.
Now I am not making fun of him. I’m one of his biggest fans. He’s so happy and can work miracles by basically throwing fastballs 99% of the time. In his second season in Oakland he finished second in the American League in number of wins and second in ERA at the age of 40.
The guy’s a beast in both the way he approaches the game, the way he pitches and continues to pitch now at almost the age of 42. He’s a happy guy and it rubs off on the players that surround him. He’s always well liked in the clubhouse.
As you may have already read, I can pontificate on Colon for a long time, so let me get to the point at hand. The Mets were playing the Atlanta Braves Sunday with the game tied 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning.
Colon was up for what everyone was expecting to be another one of his hilarious attempts at an at-bat. Wilmer Flores, who had doubled to lead off the inning, stood on second base.
Then the unexpected happened. Colon singled to Nick Markakis in right field, hitting the ball hard enough that Flores was able to score giving the Mets a 3-2 lead.
Of course it wasn’t the most elegant swing, Colon somehow broke his bat and of course, lost his helmet somehow but he got a single and an RBI off of the Braves’ starter Alex Wood, It was his first RBI in about a decade and it gave the Mets the lead.
The Mets ended up stopping the Braves’ winning streak, they had not lost since the season began, by a score of 4-3. Colon pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and put a run on the board.
I’d say it was probably one of Colon’s best games in quite a long time! Good for him! Yay! #TeamBartolo!!! You’ve got to watch the video so here it is!