It’s Bartolo Colon’s birthday, and Big Sexy is turning 45 years young. Colon currently pitches for the Texas Rangers and is still going strong in his twenty-first season in the big leagues with a 3.51 ERA, 0.923 WHIP, and 36 strikeouts so far this year. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back on Bartolo Colon’s top five moments as a Met.
5. Bartolo’s first career walk
On August 15th, 2016, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray granted Colon his first career walk on a 3-2 count with two outs in the top of the fourth inning. After going 18 seasons and a record 275 plate appearances without a single career walk, he was finally able to cross drawing a walk off his bucket list.
4. The over-the-shoulder catch
Colon went full Willie Mays on this play, turning his back completely and losing his hat to nab Freddy Galvis’s pop-up bunt. The cat-like reflexes and sheer athleticism that Colon displayed on this play were something that put a smile on everyone’s face, including his own.
3. The behind-the-back flip to first
The only play that could possibly top the over-the-shoulder catch was the one Colon made about five months earlier against the Miami Marlins. Justin Bour hit a little dribbler down the first base line and instead of just making the play normally, Colon got fancy. He flipped the ball behind his back right to Eric Campbell at first base, beating Bour by a stride. Maybe he had too much momentum to stop and throw or maybe he wanted to make the highlight reel, but whatever the reason, it sure was memorable.
2. Bartolo’s 220th career win
In this game, the then-42-year-old Colon had one of the best starts of his career, going eight shutout innings and striking out seven. With this, Colon passed 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez and became the second winningest Dominican-born pitcher of all time. In fact, Colon currently sits at 242 career wins, just one behind Juan Marichal, who holds the record for most wins by a Dominican-born pitcher.
1. Bartolo hits his first career home run
What else could possibly be the number one moment? This was a major milestone, as Colon became the oldest player ever to hit his first major league home run. Everything about this 365-foot blast was incredible, from the swing to the trot to the many home run calls. This is truly a video that never gets old. Enjoy!
Happy birthday, Bartolo! Maybe we will see you back in a Mets uniform in another ten years or so.