Bartolo Colon’s Record-Setting Home Run Gets ‘The Natural’ Treatment And Never Has It Been More Fitting

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ICYMI, hefty New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hit the first home run of his long career in a game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, May 7th at the age of 42. Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen done lost his mind announcing that once-in-a-lifetime feat and former Mets pitcher, current analyst Ron Darling was there to add a little flavor. Well, to commemorate the impossible, we now have Bartolo Colon’s home run edited into everyone’s favorite home run scene from The Natural.

Robert Redford was bleeding profusely and still made it around the bases quicker than Bartolo. According to MLB.com, it took Big Sexy 30.6 seconds to touch ’em all.

I’m gonna go out on a very safe limb and say there never has or never will be a better home run scene from a movie than The Natural. I’m pretty sure that’s why when Jake Taylor got up with the game on the line in Major League, they were like yeah, we can’t top that, let’s go flip mode on e’erybody and have a catcher on the precipice of retirement with nothing left for knees drag bunt.

From Anthony DiComo’s write-up:

“Colon became the fifth-oldest pitcher to go deep in a big league game. He also became the second-oldest Met to homer, sandwiching himself between Julio Franco (who homered at age 48) and Willie Mays on that list.”

Love the comment from Darling, “I wanna say he’s taking his time rounding the bases, but I think that’s the fastest he can run”.


The dinger left Padres manager Andy Green speechless. I can only imagine how many memory erasers Padres pitcher Tyler Shields did after the game.

Just for reference, Colon was a .089 hitter before the game and had a swing like this…

Bartolo Colon swing New York Mets

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But, on the long ball, his swing could make it onto the cover of MLB: The Show ’17…

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 7: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets hits a two-home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on May 7, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

 

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 7: Bartolo Colon #40 of the New York Mets hits a two-home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on May 7, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)


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