They Called Him A Clown When He Went To Bat, But Now No One Is Laughing

Meet Bartolo Colón. At 42 years old, Colón is the oldest player in Major League Baseball. bartolo-colon-headshot

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And he doesn’t just warm the bench while the young guys do their thing. Colón pitched more than 30 games last season and has already pitched 7 games this year. He also recently passed Pedro Martínez as the second-winningest Dominican pitcher of all time behind Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

Aside from his age, the Dominican pelotero is also well-known for a few things. Like his major league-sized beer belly…

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And the laughter-inducing hacks he takes whenever he goes up to the plate.

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We all know how hard it is for pitchers to hit a baseball. Colón knows this as well as anyone, so whenever he’s at bat, he gives zero f***s.

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When Colón is at the plate, you’ll see wild swings like this one…

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This one…

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And this one…

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Occasionally, Colón does get on base. And whenever he has to do a little baserunning…

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Look at him go!

Teammates are always there to poke a little fun at the 285-pound pitcher.

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Cool off, big guy!

Well, after years of hacking away at baseballs, Colón finally got the best of an opposing pitcher. He recently hit his first HOME RUN, becoming the oldest MLB player ever to hit their first dinger.

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Mets fans went nuts.

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His teammates couldn’t believe it.

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And Colón took his sweet ass time to round the bases.

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According to the Kansas City Star, it may have been the slowest home run trot in baseball history.

When he got to the dugout, Colón appeared to tell a teammate that his heart was beating like crazy.

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The best part? It looks like Colón knew it was gone before he dropped off his bat. Check out the smile:

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Baseball card maker Topps commemorated the event by creating a baseball card (damn, they work fast these days) and fans are already gobbling it up. According to ESPN, nearly 9,000 cards have already been sold.

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