May 6, 2021

Remembering Mets History: (2016) Bartolo Colon Becomes the Oldest Player In MLB History To Hit His First Career HR

Saturday May 7th 2016: A good crowd of 41,028 attended Petco Park in San Diego to see Terry Collins second place Mets (17-11) take on Andy Green's San Diego Padres (13-17). The Mets trying to avoid a sweep made it a memorable night for the many Mets fans in attendance.

It wasn't about the Mets finally winning a game in the San Diego series, or about the fact that the Nats had lost three straight & the Mets could gain some ground to take over first place so early in the season. It wasn't even about the fact that Bartolo Colon earned another career victory getting closer to the all time Dominican victory leader; Juan Marichal.

It was all about Bartolo Colon, the Mets modern day cult hero who keeps expanding to his legend. Tonight, Bart, Big Sexy, Bartolo or what ever you call him, made Mets & MLB history once again.

Bartolo Colon is the oldest player at age 42 in MLB history to hit his first career HR. He also became the fifth oldest pitcher in MLB history to ever hit a HR. As for Mets history, he is the second oldest Met & one of just three Mets (the great Willie Mays & Julio Franco) to hit HRs at the age of 42.

It was his first HR of his career & the  third extra base hit of his career as well as it being his first hit of the season. It took him 30.6 seconds to round the base, maybe another record.

When he got to the dugout all the Mets players had his in the runway & no one was there to greet him. Then they all came running in to mod him with nothing but smiles.

The slugging Mets also got HRs from Yoenis Cespedes, a two run shot in the 1st inning, his 10th of the year, driving in runs #28 & #29 among the NL's leaders.

In the 9th inning David Wright added his 4th of thee year & back to back Michael Conforto added his 5th of the year. The Mets went on to a 6-3 win, bringing them to within a half game of first place.

Colon the slugger, pitched a hell of a game as well, going 6.2 innings, allowing three runs, on six hits with just one  walk & six strike outs.

Quotes: Gary Cohen- “This is one of the great moments in the history of baseball! Bartolo Colon has gone deep!”

Quotes: Bartolo Colon- I don't even know how to explain it. I'm very thankful, I thank God & am very grateful. It means a lot."

Bartolo said he knew it was gone because the ball in San Diego carries very well. He also said he felt it was the biggest moment of his career.

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