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, so  the Mets could gain some ground to take over first place 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 folk hero who kept expanding to his legend. Tonight, Bart, Big Sexy, Bartolo or what ever you call him, made Mets & MLB history once again.

Bartolo Colon became 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 the first HR of Colon's career, the third extra base hit of his career as well as it being the first hit of the season. 

It took him 30.6 seconds to round the base, which may be another record in itself.

When Colon got to the dugout all the Mets players had hid in the runway & no one was there to greet him. But quickly, they all came running in to mob 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, the Mets went back-to-back, David Wright added his 4th HR of the year, then 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, also 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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