You remember those old carnival videos where a fat dude would get hit in the stomach with a canon ball?
Bartolo Colon, now 44-years-old and still pitching in the big leagues for the Texas Rangers, gave his best impression of the classic stunt on Wednesday night. In the fourth inning, Seattle Mariners infielder Jean Segura launched a rocket of a line drive straight back to the mound. Colon tried to get a glove on it, but ended up taking the full force of the baseball directly in the stomach.
Luckily for him (and for us, the viewing public), Colon is no mere baseball mortal. The baseball bounced off him and he casually chased it down, threw it over to first, and secured the out.
Colon stayed in the game, which ended up even more impressive by the time he was eventually pulled. He pitched 7.2 innings of shutout baseball, with three strikeouts, no walks, and gave up just four hits. He even joked about the incident after the game, which the Rangers would go on to win 5-1.
“It’s okay, I have a lot of belly,” he quipped to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
Colon is defying all expectations this year, after barely having a job during Spring Training and then starting the season in the minor leagues. Since being called up early in the season, Colon has started seven games for the Rangers (going 2-1) with a 2.82 ERA, a 0.836 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts with only four walks over 51 innings.
Bartolo Colon is a national treasure that needs to be appreciated while he’s still playing.