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.