Mets’ Colon legs out a double, first hit since 2005
Congratulations to New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, who slapped a double off Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn in the sixth inning in St. Louis on Wednesday, easily legging it out after the ball skirted around the left-field wall.
It’s the big man’s first hit this season and first double of his 17-year career, spent mostly in the American League (123 career at bats). Colon’s double wouldn’t be so remarkable if he hadn’t looked so completely inpet at the plate in his previous 26 at-bats this season. He was also hitless in his previous 43 at-bats. Remember this cut on April 20 when Colon faced Atlanta Braves starter Ervin Santana?
This is one of those rare cases where the still shot is even better:
This might be the greatest photo ever taken… Bartolo Colon "hitting" (Adam Hunger, USA TODAY Sports) | pic.twitter.com/brD6YdG5DQ
— Andrew Vazzano (@AVSNY) April 20, 2014
Take a look at Colon at the end of the video — even he can’t help but chuckle. He ended up scoring on Eric Young Jr.’s double, a run the Mets would ultimately need in a 3-2 win in which Colon picked up the W, allowing only four hits in eight innings and one earned run.
There’s only one way to celebrate.