People of the Internet who find humor in baseball have taken great pleasure in watching Bartolo Colon take his hacks at the plate this season after moving to the National League to join the New York Mets. Many Colon at-bats have ended in slapstick — whether it's him spinning around in the batter's box, his helmet falling off or Colon running to first base with his bat in his hand.
Comeuppance was Colon's on Wednesday!
He lined a pitch from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn down the left-field line for his first hit since 2005. Not only was it a base hit, but Colon motored to second base (OK, maybe he strolled the last 45 feet) for the first double of his career. Colon, 41, was 0-for-26 on the season before that with 17 strikeouts. All his power, obviously, had been saved up for this moment.
When Eric Young Jr. doubled into the right-center gap, Colon did something he hadn't done since 2002 — he came around to score a run. Write down the date, June 18, 2014, the day Bartolo Colon gave us 360-feet of baserunning wonder.
It's not just us Internet folk who love watching the Bartolo at the Bat show. Look at the reactions of his teammates. They jumped to their feet in the dugout and in the Mets bullpen when Colon hit that double.
It was a banner day all around for Colon. He pitched eight innings, giving up four hits and just one run as the Mets topped the Cardinals 3-2. And while a win is nice, we'll remember Colon's double much longer than we'll remember the score of this game.
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