May 9, 2016

HAIL BOPPER:

The Cult of Bartolo Colon (Jennifer Rainwater, 5/08/16, Knuckleball)

This season, he was dubbed "the Willie Mays of the infield" after making yet another spectacular over the head basket catch on an infield popup.

Even more recently, he almost beat one of the fastest players in the game in the Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton to first base on an infield ground ball.

In baseball you never really know what will happen and this applies more to Colon than any other player.

So, when Colon took San Diego Padres' starter James Shields deep to left on Saturday for the first home run of his 19-year career, he wowed his teammates and the crowd at San Diego's Petco Park who erupted into enthusiastic, almost hysterical cheers.

His teammates quickly cleared the dugout so Colon wouldn't find anyone waiting for him after he had just rounded the bases for the first time, leaving him alone in the dugout without anyone to congratulate him. Of course he was mobbed by the team seconds later.

Posted by at May 9, 2016 7:59 PM

  

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