If you’re a fan of baseball, then you understand why seeing Bartolo Colon hit a home run is such a big deal. Big Sexy, as he is affectionately known, is a pretty dominant pitcher. But like most pitchers, his skills in the hitting department leave a little to be desired.
— Mets Fan Zone (@Mets_FZ) May 8, 2016
You see, this is Colon’s 19th Major League season, and over that time he’s only managed 21 hits, 3 of them for extra bases. He’s also only scored 7 runs in that time. To be fair, though, he spent the majority of his career in the American League, where the Designated Hitter takes the place of the Pitcher in the batting order. So he’s only had 225 career at-bats, which is less than a season’s worth for a position player. Nobody expects pitchers to be good hitters. When you only get a couple at-bats per game, and only play one game every 5 days, you’re not going to get a whole lot of chances at the dish – and more value is placed on their ability to locate pitches than to crank hits. But when you look at Colon’s batting highlights… most of them involve him losing his helmet.
Apparently during his time with the Mets, Colon has been the single worst offensive player in Major League Baseball. His pitching more than makes up for it, though.
As you can see, Colon isn’t the most athletically-bodied player on the field…
Those arms though! So what happens when Big Bart locks in on a pitch? THIS happens:
The same home run ball, with a different call:
Some fun facts: With that dinger at age 42, Colon became the oldest Major Leaguer ever to hit his first home run. He is now the second-oldest Met to hit any home run, AND he’s now the last former Montreal Expo to hit a home run. And that home run trot? Roughly 31 seconds from the time he made contact to the time he touched the plate.
Now if Colon were to hit as many home runs as Barry Bonds did in his career (762), he would spend about 6.5 hours rounding the bases. But I think we’re safe to assume that won’t happen.
Not surprisingly, fans and sports analysts everywhere couldn’t help but get excited, as you might expect.
Whoever called the Kentucky Derby the greatest two minutes in sports hasn’t seen Bartolo Colon’s home run trot. — Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) May 8, 2016
“THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL.” -Gary Cohen on Bartolo Colon’s home run — Amazin’ Army (@WE_ARE_MET_FANS) May 8, 2016
They should call off all other sporting events tonight. Nothing else is topping Bartolo Colon home run. Sorry, Warriors. Sorry, Canelo. Nope — Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) May 8, 2016
After centuries of debate we finally we have an answer. Bartolo Colon hitting a home run proves that God exists, and loves us all very much. — Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) May 8, 2016
And now you can tell everyone you remember the time Bartolo Colon hit a home run!