With a hit that a fan of any team can celebrate, New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon slugged the first home run of his career on Saturday night, and cemented his spot in baseball history.
Colon, 42, is now the oldest Major League Baseball player to hit his first career home run. The previous record holder was ace pitcher Randy Johnson, who landed his first home run at age 40.
In the top of the second, Colon took a fastball from Padres pitcher James Shield over the wall at San Diego’s Petco Park, 365 feet away. Colon’s rocket brought in two runs, and ended Colon’s 19-year homer drought.
As Colon milked his lap around the bases for a whole 30 seconds, the Mets dugout completely lost it, and then mobbed the 5-foot-11, 285-pound pitcher.
Colon’s blast was also his first hit of the season, and it makes him the fifth-oldest pitcher to homer.
The Mets beat the Padres, 6-3, but the score was at best a secondary concern on Colon's big night.
In a postgame press conference, Colon was asked about the possibility of breaking Barry Bonds' home run record. "No shot," Colon replied.
Colon also said he would be saving the bat.
Ryan Zurn, the 5-year-old who ended up with the home run ball, met Colon after the game.
His father, Jimmy, said that it was Ryan who caught the ball.