Many people including Mets fans questioned the signing of Bartolo Colon when the Mets made it official. Colon, over the age of 40 coming off some decent years in Oakland, would be coming to a National League team for the first time in his career.
Little by little Mets fans would fall on love with Colon. Fans went from being frustrated to him giving at-bats away to enjoying the comedic relief of Colon trying to swing the bat so hard his helmet falls off. But behind that comedic relief was someone who was really trying to just do his part and Met fans took notice.
Instead of just laughing at Colon when he batted up we started to root for him. All we wanted was Colon to get that one big hit. Colon collected as high as 8 hits in 2015 alone and the day finally came where Colon sent a pitch from James Shields flying over the left field wall in San Diego for Colon’s first career home run. A day Met fans will never forget.
Along with Colon’s decent numbers for the Mets, fans really appreciate the guidance he offered for the younger Hispanic players. It was said that a lot of guys like Jeurys Familia benefitted from having a veteran like Colon around. You can’t place a price on veteran leadership but you can argue the Mets got a bargain for someone like Colon.
Colon reminded us all sometimes that baseball is just a game and everyone should have some fun. Watching Colon was pure entertainment and fans will never forget that. After all when you get a nickname from the fans like “Big Sexy”, it’s safe to say the fans liked you.
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