Bartolo Colon makes MLB history, also has misadventure at the plate (video)
New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, the 41-year-old ageless wonder, made Major League Baseball history on Tuesday night with his winning start in a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. More amusingly, Colon’s continued comical misadventures at the plate also merited some attention.
First things first, by being credited with the win after going 7.2 innings and surrendering only one earned run while striking out nine, Colon became the first pitcher in MLB history to beat one team while playing for seven different teams, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via The Baltimore Sun).
Colon now has beaten the Orioles while pitching for the Indians, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees and Athletics. Quite the remarkable achievement that touts Colon’s longevity and well-traveled professional baseball career.
Colon’s comments after the game indicated either he wasn’t aware of his statistically quirky achievement or didn’t seem to care too much about it.
“It was really important for me to go out and perform the way I did,” Colon said, via the New York Post. “I had that in mind that we needed a win. We needed a good game.”
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had nothing but praise for the veteran Colon after the game.
“He’s been doing it for so long … I feel like the older he’s gotten, the more his ball’s been moving,” he said.
But it wasn’t all accolades and historical achievements for Colon, though. It almost always makes for an entertaining aside anytime he steps into the batter’s box and it happened again during an at-bat on Tuesday. Colon swung so hard on a strikeout pitch his helmet fell off. He then hit the falling helmet with his flailing bat.
Great stuff. On both fronts.
Tuesday’s victorious start was Colon’s fifth of the season. He mentioned earlier in the season that even he’s surprised how well he’s pitching so far this year. Between his continued success and his comical at-bats, let’s hope Colon sticks around for another few seasons.
(photo credit: USA TODAY)