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- Bartolo Colon added another highlight to his 21 years in the major leagues on Wednesday night pitching against the Seattle Mariners.
- In the fourth inning, Colon took a comeback line drive straight to the gut but was still able to recover and make the play at first.
- After the game, Colon credited his big belly for helping him make the play.
Bartolo Colon is likely one of the most recognizable figures in baseball.
At 44 years old and now 21 years into his major league career, the pitcher known as “Big Sexy” by fans and teammates is still somehow pitching extensive innings at baseball’s highest level.
On Wednesday night, Colon added another play to his career highlight reel. In the fourth inning of the Rangers game against the Mariners, Jean Segura belted a comeback line drive straight at Colon. Clocked off the bat at 102 mph, the ball hit Colon right in the gut after he missed it with a stab of his glove.
Still, despite taking the shot to the stomach, Colon was able to recover and somehow make the play at first.
After a brief mound visit to ensure that he was okay, Colon would stay in the game and shut out the Mariners through 7.2 innings pitched, helping the Rangers en route to a 5-1 win in Seattle.
Colon was all laughs about the play after the game. “The important thing is we won the game, and I was able to get the out,” he said through an interpreter. “He got me on the side. It was not in the middle. And I have a big belly, so I can [handle] it.”
Colon may already be the oldest active player in baseball and just a week shy of his 45th birthday, but he’s still fooling major league batters, getting outs, and has shown no signs of slowing down any time soon.