I may be an Orioles fan, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate other teams and other players.
(Hey, not so fast there, Toronto Blue Jays. I didn’t mean you.)
I’ve made no secret that 42-year-old New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon is my little dumpling. Like here.
First, he’s 42. (I remember being 42. I promise you, it wasn’t that long ago.) He’s also pitched 170 innings this season which is more than any of the much-younger Orioles starters has done.
Second, he is built like a dumpling. His stats will tell you he is 5’11” and 265 pounds, but really, who knows?
Third, he doesn’t care what you think.
Fourth, he makes the occasional crazy play like this …
And, that is definitely worth a tip of the cap from me.
P.S. According to Associated Press, Colon is the first pitcher, in “at least” the past 100 years, to beat the same opponent while playing with seven different teams. (The seven teams: Indians, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, A’s, Mets.) The team that Colon beats … over and over again, no matter what team he plays for? The Orioles, of course. (Because, why else would I even mention this?)