He drives one! Deep left field! Back goes Upton! Back near the wall! It's outta here! Bartolo has done it! The impossible has happened!
"I think right now this is probably the biggest moment in my career." -Bartolo Colon [ESPN]
"I don't even know how to explain it. I'm very thankful. I thank God for this amazing moment, and I wasn't expecting it. Once I hit it I knew it was gone. The ball in San Diego travels well." -Bartolo Colon [ESPN]
"Anytime I see a fastball I swing hard because I'm not a curveball hitter." -Bartolo Colon [ESPN]
"When it left the bat, I said, ‘Oh my God, he hit a home run.’" -Terry Collins [ESPN]
"We all kind of said, 'What would we do if Bartolo hit a home run? That made everyone's career to witness that." -Neil Walker [Mets]
"You just shake your head. You watch him take BP and he's got very good hand-eye coordination and you see him hit some home runs in BP and you think to yourself, `What would happen if he ever did it in a game?' And to do it here with as many Mets fans as here, the 7 Line out there, I mean the place just went nuts, and it's one of those things where you come to the ballpark never knowing what you're going to see, and you saw it." David Wright [ESPN]
"The accumulation of elements here: His age, his weight, his former ineptitude at the plate and his personality all kind of tie together into an incredibly special package…He's such a beloved figure. I'm just happy to be a part of it." -Gary Cohen [ABC News]
"I don't know what the odds were of the Kentucky Derby for the trifecta today but I figure the swing was probably a lot longer odds than that. It's one of those things that you just don't expect to see. Good swing." -Padres manager Andy Green [ESPN]
"[Asked if he were surprised with Colon's swing] Next question, man." -James Shields [ESPN]
He’s not bad at pitching, either.
"[Colon] was locating that sinker, man, and he was tough. He had it going. I remember facing him when he was throwing 97 [mph] in Anaheim. He has lost some [velocity], but he is still doing it." -Melvin Upton Jr [Mets]
That’s one man’s opinion so…
"The guy's an animal, on and off the field. You never know when he takes the mound what you're going to get. He's a big, strong kid. He's Thor." -Neil Walker [Mets]
…I’m going to need a second opinion.
"He is Thor." -Vin Scully [Twitter]
Anyone have a guess for what is next?
"What's next? He goes out there, he's throwing 100 [mph] and he's hitting home runs at night to the opposite field at Dodger Stadium. Those are legendary type things. It was a really good night for the kid." -Neil Walker [Mets]
Can Bartolo inspire Soup to be a better man?
"Tonight was a direct result of Bartolo inspiring me to be a better man.
I didn’t know they had Little League on Asgard.
"That this is a dream, it is not real. I don’t even think I hit two home runs when I played Little League." -Noah Syndergaard [New York Post]
It's called playing the percentages. It's what smart managers do to win ball games.
"He’s supposed to get the bunt down there. But if he doesn’t get the bunt down, you might as well hit a homer." -Terry Collins [New York Post]
Should have been more prepared, seeing how the Central League plays without a DH.
"[Kenta Maeda] was in disbelief [when Syndergaard hit his second home run]. He was stunned." -Dave Roberts [Mets]
Time to adjust those expectations.
"When you look at Maeda versus Syndergaard, you're thinking low-scoring game. But you don't expect Syndergaard to hit two home runs." -Dave Roberts [ESPN]
After Harvey "only" hit a double.
"[Bartolo Colon] kept saying I need to hit the weight room." -Matt Harvey [Mets]
Chicks dig the long ball.
"I think we all take pride in it. We enjoy it. We enjoy working on it. After a few ugly swings I had earlier, I was happy to get that one." -Steven Matz [Mets]
Somewhere Jon Niese sheds a single tear.
"You give up eight hits and it seems like every inning you’ve got a guy on. It’s a mental battle, but you stick with the program and I had some great plays made behind me." -Jacob deGrom [New York Post]
Well so much for our guys not getting hurt.
"[Not retaliating against Chase Utley] was brought up. What happened, happened. We won the series. Let’s not get anybody hurt, including our guys." -Terry Collins [New York Times]
Lost in the past week’s excitement was the base loaded, no-out situation that Bastaro beautifully pitched out of.
"That was the key to the game. If it wasn't for him, I don't think we would have won the ballgame." -Yoenis Cespedes [Mets]
"The goal was to not give up a hit. I just tried to throw every pitch with intensity and just not leave anything for the hitters. At some point, they were waiting for something else, but we still got them with the fastball." -Antonio Bastardo [New York Post]
It's Mother’s Day today, so to all you mothers out there, happy birthday.
"One thing that has been so awesome as a mom is that whenever I've come to a game, no matter how old he was, he would always give me a big hug. He was never embarrassed in front of the other boys, even through the teenage years, the high school years. He does what he thinks is right." -Tracie Conforto [Mets]
"You think of your young kid dropped in the middle of New York City by himself. It really as a parent now makes me feel good that he's surrounded by so many good people and coaches and players and friends, and it just seems like such a wonderful family that he's developed out there. As a mom, that's probably the best thing that could have ever happened to me." -Tracie Conforto [Mets]
SiteBot FacePalm of the Week
"Gone from suck to blow? Just throw in the towel on SD. they can’t win here (last I heard, you still had to score a run to win). And with 3 lefties coming up in LA, it is entirely not unpossible that they torpedo the season with a nice snappy 0-8 start to the road trip. Probably not, since even bad teams occasionally luck into a win. So call it a good shot at 1-7!" -Stickguy after back to back losses to the Padres
AA Quote of the Week
"To anyone who ever tries to argue for the DH again on this site - Just remember that three of the best moments of the season so far have come as a direct result of us not having a DH." -eldoot7