Re-signing of Colon should make Mets fans happy
I can’t (no, wait I totally can) believe I am writing another post about him but who doesn’t just LOVE him?! I mean he’s so happy and just look at that face! I honestly don’t think there is a player who loves the game more. It’s infectious! Right? That’s why, and if you’ve read my blog before then you probably already know, I’m totally #TeamBartolo!!
Fans of the New York Mets got good news on Wednesday, their team has re-signed everyone’s favorite player Bartolo Colon. It’s just a one-year deal as Colon will turn 43 (yes, 43!) in May next year but I foresee the aging pitcher playing longer than that. I honestly wish that my Oakland A’s had gone after him with a little more effort. Mets fans are very lucky, at least in my humble opinion.
He had one of his all-time best seasons with the Athletics in 2013, the year he turned 40, finishing second in the AL in wins (18) and second in the AL in ERA (2.65). Last year with the Mets he helped get the team to the World Series both with his pitching, defense (the behind the back toss to first base ring a bell?) and always entertaining, yet effective, at-bats. He collected a career-high EIGHT hits two of which were doubles.
Sure, he provides entertainment when he swings and misses or is hustling to second base. Once he beat out an infield single – the play was later ruled an error but in our hearts it will always be an infield single! Well, in mine for sure.
He’s got what is almost a cult following among baseball fans and has been widely liked by fans and teammates on almost every team he’s played on in the past 18 seasons.
Those teams include the Cleveland Indians, who drafted him as an amateur free agent in 1993, the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the A’s, Mets and he spent one year with the Montreal Expos in 2002. I may be mistaken but I believe he is the last remaining active player who played for Montreal (If I am wrong here please feel free to correct me in the comments section! I’m really going on something I remember hearing but am too lazy to look up at the present moment! Sorry! LOL!).
This was by and large not the biggest transaction in baseball on Wednesday – signing Colon to a one-year $7.25 million deal – doesn’t exactly compare to the three-team trade that landed the White Sox third baseman, Todd Frazier, but it’s the most fun transaction because it involves my favorite “happy, fat man” (that’s not mean is it?! I hope not!)!
Here are some links to a few (but not all) of the posts I have written on this blog about Colon:
- Why I am still Team Bartolo
- Bartolo dazzles as Mets defeat Braves
- Why Mets will benefit from Colon’s 2013 Cy Young snub
- Why it’s so easy to be a Bartolo Colon fan
- Colon loses helmet (again) but gets first RBI in a decade
- Colon gets another RBI?!
- Should the A’s consider signing Colon for 2016?