Moment from PSL: Bartolo Colon makes me feel in shape

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Mets RHP Bartolo Colon is hysterically fascinating. This camp is full of young guys, in shape, strong and healthy. It reminds me of just how out of shape I actually am… and then there’s Colon. He’s older than me and he’s heavier than me. The difference, aside from the $20 million contract, is he has a rubber arm, amazing command and he doesn’t care what you think of his physical condition. He laughs a lot, from what I can see. He gets the joke. He’s in on it, to a certain extent, joking with teammates and goofing on his conditioning.

This morning, just as the team finished stretching and starting a series of wind sprints and suicide drills, Colon quiet jogged away. He was the only one not participating. Jose Valverde yelled to him, as if to ask where he was going. Colon made a bike-riding motion with his hands. Valverde booed, laughed, then returned to the morning hustle. Colon, with a half-jog, half-walk, drifted down the tunnel back to the clubhouse…

Similarly, earlier today, the pitchers were working on their hitting, specifically the Butcher Boy bunt. It’s been a while since Colon had to hit in a big-league game on a consistent basis, and it’s not hard to believe watching him swing in the cage…


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The Mets don’t care, though, from what I hear, so long as Colon gets the last laugh. He knows the deal: Pitch like you did in Oakland, and no one here will say jack about how you do it.

Personally, I love the idea of this older, clumsy, every-guy looking dude, who steps on the mound and throws darts in, out, up, around and by hitters half his age that bench press twice their weight. It speaks to technique and craft, precision and intelligence, more than it does athletics and brute strength. This is not to say he isn’t an athlete. He is, just in his own way… and that’s fine, as long as he continues to win…


By the way, Jenrry Mejia and Noah Syndergaard won the Butcher Boy contest, tying with five consecutive base hits before an out…


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154 comments
Matt Gad
Matt Gad

I know he's a pitcher, and I know he has a massive size, but he has such a low stance. Why?

Mark Chatterton
Mark Chatterton

I would like to see him hit again now that he's back in the National League.

Milton Abreu
Milton Abreu

go colon you are the right fit for this team

Milton Abreu
Milton Abreu

i hope al you guys are proven wrong he was a yankee to and he did better than a lot of those steriod ussers

David Richard
David Richard

You guys aren't true mets fans.... STOP critizing our team

Bill Pennea
Bill Pennea

Our new Pitcher is built like an old Catcher?

Mark Rigle
Mark Rigle

He will wind up batting better than ike

Daniel Goldberg
Daniel Goldberg

You'd think he'd lose a little wait considering he's 40 yrs. old and 40 lbs. overweight. I'm going to hear the words "Fatolo Colon" all year long!

Dennis McIntyre
Dennis McIntyre

A different kind of plate than what he is used too .

Julia Lawrence
Julia Lawrence

Dude hasn't had to hit since 2002; cut the gentleman some slack.

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Come join the group: Born N Bred true Met fan Nation

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

His plate appearances should be at the very least "entertaining" in 2014

Lesli Cutler
Lesli Cutler

Frightening. The CC Sabathia of the National League.

Michael DeTorrice
Michael DeTorrice

it would be nice to see pitchers take a bit more batting practice, they have to hit, why give up an out..learn to hit...they had to do it in high school and college..wtf happens when they get to the majors that they forget how to hit??

Dennis Molfese
Dennis Molfese

With the Mets anemic lineup he may have to bat 5th..

David E. Diaz
David E. Diaz

Looks like one of the guys that come to fantasy camp.

James G Fogarty
James G Fogarty

Really? Should I run out and get my season ticket package now?

James Mojica
James Mojica

@ Michael Dunning you must be a Yankee fan. I know ya from somewhere. ;)

sheamezz23
sheamezz23

Hey, I saw Colon hit in a Sox-Phillies game about 5 yrs ago. He swung and screwed himself almost into the ground like Bugs Bunny in the old Looney Tunes cartoon where he tries to play baseball...what a site! Hope he pitches well enough that we can still laugh at it.

Vincent Perricone
Vincent Perricone

I think Bartolo miss understood when he heard the Mets brass tell him they "need him at the plate 200 times this year."

Milo Krimstein
Milo Krimstein

my prediction: Colon hits home runs in every at-bat he gets, and is eventually traded to the tigers (as a DH) for justin verlander

James Mojica
James Mojica

This man is gonna hurt himself with that bat.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

I think when all the fans last year were shouting at him "put a little mustard on it' he misunderstood.

Ted Dziadzio
Ted Dziadzio

I hear he might play first base this year and we need him as a power bat.....

D.j. Ace
D.j. Ace

30 starts..90 ABs..Probably 75 automatic outs plus Tejada,Darnaud,Lagares or Chris Young at the bottom of the order giving you 12-16 ABs per game making 9-12 automatic outs..Put me down for 85 losses..That's a 3 game improvement.#Reality