Big Hit

Last night, baseball witnessed it’s version of Halley’s Comet.

New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hit his first career home run, at age 42.  He turned on a James Shields fastball and deposited it over the left field wall, to become the oldest player in history to hit his first career home run, just 3 weeks shy of turning 43.  Coming into the game, the round mound of the mound sported a microscopic .089 lifetime batting average over his 19 seasons.

He surpassed Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, whose first homer came at age 40. He’s only the third Met to homer after turning 40, joining Willie Mays and Julio Franco, baseball’s Methuselah who was 48 when he homered.

Said Colon, “I don’t even know how to explain it.”

Mets’ play-by-play man told the television audience, “The impossible has happened!”

When asked about it, opposing San Diego Padres’ manager, said, “Certain things leave you speechless.”

The crowd went nuts, then watched the portly pitcher take 30-seconds to haul his 283 pounds (or so he is generously listed) around the bases.

The entire scene was definitely one for the ages.



2 thoughts on “Big Hit

  1. Troy

    What an inspiring story that brings an exciting element to what many state as a “boring game” compared to the game that used be claimed as “America’s favorite pastime.” There’s also a great “life lesson” here based on a term that we hear often, “keep swinging for the fences.” In the case, for Bartolo Colon, his breakthrough was a literal meaning to the phrase. What a great moment for him to achieve at this stage in his professional career. In his mind, he could have convinced himself that he would never hit a homerun but obviously, that was not the case. Even if it was luck, I believe a percentage of luck is based on “the will to succeed.”


    1. Steve Riach Post author

      Agreed. Think about all the things that would not have happened had someone not persevered. Without Jackie Robinson’s perseverance, what would baseball look like? Outside of sport, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, the Wright Brothers, and so many more. Many people give up just one step short of realizing their dream. Which takes us back to baseball, with the noted philosopher Yogi Berra who said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Words to live by for us all.



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