Since I began the Sports Spin, I have not yet mentioned the New York Mets. So it’s time. Living in the northeast, the Mutts, errr, I mean the Metropolitans are one of 3 local teams I can watch on TV. As you can tell by now, Im a Yankee fan, and as true Yankee fan, I have no love for the Red Sox and Mets. (Should I include the Blue Jays?)
There is a former Yank with the Mets you have to love and that’s Big Sexy, otherwise known as Bartolo Colon. Colon got back on track in last night’s 7-1 domination of the Washington Nationals. Colon stated he battled through back issues during a great comeback performance against the same team who beat up on him a week prior. Big Sexy’s final line on the night stood with an impressive seven innings pitched, while allowing just one run. Last night was Colon’s final start as a 42 year-old as he turns 43 today. It is amazing what he is still able to do at such an advanced (baseball) age. A few weeks ago, he captured the hearts of baseball fans everywhere and knocked one out of the park for a two-run shot to help the Mets beat the Padres, 4-0. It was his first career round tripper. Somehow the loveable 290lb fifth starter is getting it done.
How has the guy built more like a member of your slow pitch softball team managed to remain a quality big league starter well into his 40s? By controlling every inch of the strike zone. The guy has amazing control. He always has. Before he was a Met, he was an up-and-coming ace with the Indians -- and as a member of the Angels in 2005, he won the AL Cy Young Award after putting up a 3.48 ERA. Colon once outdueled Roger Clemens, He pitched the game of his career: nine innings, one hit, one walk, no runs, and 13 K's for the Indians. Most MLB players he has teamed with say he’s a great teammate. Once during a game last season, the Mets were losing and the dugout was quiet. He went around handing out candy to his teammates, to try and cheer things up. Watch him pitch, winning or losing, he goes about his business like a professional and always with a smile.
If Colon is still around a 3.44 ERA in July, do the Mets package him for a prospect at the trade deadline with Met prospect Zack Wheeler returning to the rotation? Hopefully with the Mets or another team, he sticks around a while longer, he’s a gem.
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