Mets Pitcher Bartolo Colon Goes Down In History – Becomes Oldest Player to Hit First Home Run [VIDEO]

Mets Pitcher Bartolo Colon Goes Down In History – Becomes Oldest Player to Hit First Home Run [VIDEO]

Saturday night in San Diego, history was made by Mets Pitcher Bartolo Colon. He became the oldest player to ever hit his first home run. He’s 42 years old… almost 43. The big guy hit a 90 mph fastball into the left field corner of Petco Park. That’s about 357 feet. He claims it was the biggest moment of his life. His teammates played a prank on him, but celebrated as well the historic feat. The Mets won 6-3 making it even better.

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From New York Magazine:

Baseball history was made during the Mets’ 6-3 victory over the Padres Saturday night in San Diego when Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon became the oldest player ever — at 42 years, 349 days — to hit his first Major League home run. ESPN reports that Colon, who called the accomplishment “probably the biggest moment” of his 19-year career, used his 226th career at-bat to hit a 90 mph fastball from San Diego pitcher James Shields some 357 feet into the left-field corner of Petco Park. The rotund pitcher’s trip around the bases took more than half a minute to complete, while his euphoric fellow Mets ran and hid in the clubhouse tunnel as a prank to mark the feat. At the time, the second-inning, two-run shot gave the Mets a 4-0 lead. Here’s a clip of the improbable event:

The 285-pound Colon’s dramatically hapless at-bats have become a fan-favorite event over the years. But Saturday night was not one of those nights. Colon had been 10-for-129 in his Met career at the start of Saturday’s game, and now owns a .092 batting average for his career, most of which was played in the American League where pitchers rarely bat. His record-setting blast displaced the previous oldest player to hit home run #1, Hall-of-Fame bird-killer Randy Johnson, who hit his first shot at the age of 40 years, 9 days. Colon also became the fifth-oldest pitcher to hit a home run and the second-oldest Met overall, behind Julio Franco, who knocked one out in 2007 about a hundred days shy of his 49th birthday. Colon struck out in his other two at-bats in Saturday’s game, but did get the win after giving up three runs over six and two-thirds innings. He’s now 3-1 on the season. Congrats to Colon! Definitely a star in more ways than one… age was irrelevant except for the history books.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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