Since my divorce from Red Sox fandom it has been incredibly easy to forget about baseball during this pandemic situation we're all dealing with; but this blog is not about that virtual signalling, scumbag of bones who shall not be named.
It's about the moments that make the game of baseball great! Those moments that make you remember why you love this boring, stupid, frustrating, beautiful game in the first place.
Today is the anniversary of one of those very moments. This blog is about a player from another team with fantastic ownership; the New York Mets.
On May 7th, 2016 Bartolo Colon did the impossible and hit a home run. This wasn't a home run against just anybody... Big Sexy hit this off BIG GAME James (lolololol) Shields on a 1-1 pitch with two outs in the top of 2nd inning in gorgeous San Diego for his first hit of the 2016 season. No hyperbole, this is one of the greatest calls of all time. Talk about understanding the moment.
Big Sexy Bartolo Colon was beloved by not only Mets fans during his time in Queens, but all of baseball. His girth and ability to still get it done at his advanced age made him easy to root for. I became a high key Mets sympathizer during that 2015 World Series run. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and the Mets remain to this day the only NY team I fuck with (sure that wouldn't be the case if I was older). I made a lot of money on their run to the Fall Classic and lost it all when they Mets found a way to lose the World Series in 5 despite leading for 96% of the time.
But this isn't about that season; it's about how the Mets followed it up.... with the 2nd most memorable moment of the 2016 MLB season (after all of Game 7 of the World Series). I just saw on facebook that one on my oldest internet friends, the great @TeamThirstTrap was at this game in San Diego! (s/o the OG facebook sports forums from 2007-08) Really cool **Naples from Get him to the Greek voice** photo.
I love the DH and what it meant to me as a Red Sox fan from 2002-2020, but if it's implemented MLB wide there will be no more moments like Bartolo Colon's home run. You can make the valid arguments about how the universal DH would improve the game, likely add more fans and jobs for players; all incredibly valid. DON'T CARE.... I LOVE that the NL has pitchers hit and the AL has the DH. I think it's one of the great little quirks and baseball. This home run alone is enough to support the weird rules. God Bless Big Sexy.
Yes I see the irony of this being my next blog after ADELE!!