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Bartolo Colon becomes oldest player to hit first HR

The Mets wiley veteran hits the first long ball on Saturday against the Padres.

Bartolo Colon has achieved many things in his 19-year career, but last night against the San Diego Padres, he did something only two New York Mets before him have ever accomplished.

            The 42-year-old, that most certainly doesn’t play his age, launched his first career home run off starter James Shields over the left field wall at Petco Park to the amazement of everyone watching. However, Colon knew off the bat that the ball was not coming back.

            Per Ken Belson of the New York Times Colon said, “I don’t even know how to explain. Once I hit it, I knew it was gone.”

            He went on to say the long ball was “the biggest moment” of his career which includes the 2005 Cy Young Award. Of course, social media exploded after the hit in the top of the second with videos continuously popping up on major sports outlets like ESPN’s instagram and the MLB’s Twitter account.

            So, what do we learn from all of this? Colon is a unicorn in the sense that he almost seems like a mythical creature at this point in his career. Besides the home run, he fastball still revs up to the 90s, and he currently holds a 3-1 record with a 2.82 ERA so far this season.

            “Big Sexy” is loving life right now, and as he continues to shine in 2016, there is truly no telling what he will do next.  


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