This Day in Sports History: Bartolo Colon does the Impossible
Do you remember where you were May 7th, 2016, two years ago when New York Mets starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon stepped to the plate in the top of the second inning against James Shields of the San Diego Padres?
I do, I was at a hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York with friends getting ready to go to a Kentucky Derby race party at Saratoga National Golf Club. We were all dressed in fancy Derby attire, hoping to fit in with the upscale crowd of the golf club. Being the Mets fan that I was I probed my friends to flip on the game (more like I took the remote and put the game on, throwing caution and care to the wind). It was an afternoon game out in San Diego, California where the Mets were facing the Padres at Petco Park, beautiful ballpark if you've never been before.
Two outs, Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki on second base, Bartolo Colon at the plate, and New York leading 2-0 was the set-up. The count on Colon was one ball, one strike, and James Shields was looking to pitch him away to induce a ground ball from big Bart. However, Shields missed his location with a 90mph fast ball, he left the pitch belt-high and right over the middle of the plate. What happened next can simply be described as awesome.
You can tell in the call of the play, play by play broadcaster, Gary Cohen of SNY, he could barely contain himself with the excitement of the moment as he called it, "one of the great moments in the history of baseball".
It took Bartolo 19 years and 226 career at-bats in order to hit his first and still only career home run. He is truly one of the gems in the history of Major League Baseball.