Bartolo Colon's home run underdog story is documentary-level stuff. The pitcher, who was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Indians in 1993, played only a half season in the National League before joining the New York Mets in 2014. His inexperience at the plate (and general heavyset frame) made him a target for jokes.
But then, two weeks ago, he clocked his first career home run. At 42 years and 349 days, Colon became the oldest player in MLB history to accomplish such a feat.
That became grounds for a minute-and-a-half-long ESPN 30 For 30 spoof. YouTube user Jordan Siegel asks, "What if I told you, New York City's finest Colon was called Big Sexy?"
What a beautiful story about a man who could not keep his helmet on, but now, smashes long balls.
In the immortal words of Gary Cohen, "Bartolo has done it! The impossible has happened…This is one of the great moments in the history of baseball!"
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