A former Major League All-Star is now spending his time owning kids on the mound
For what seemed like 1,000 years, Bartolo Colon was a big league legend. He racked up the most ever wins by a Latin American-born pitcher. He hit one of the greatest home runs in baseball history. He made plays that defied the physical limits to which human beings have always been held. He made us cry and laugh.
And now, a year after he last toed a big league mound, he's out in some park in the Dominican Republic (in full uniform) striking out 12-year-olds.
When I first saw this video, I wasn't sure what to make of it. Does Bartolo think he's back in the Major Leagues? Is this the new Major Leagues? Is he trying to get back to the Major Leagues by clowning all over a bunch of middle-schoolers? And then I saw this tweet:
“To motivate them” - the legend of Bartolo Colon remains in progress pic.twitter.com/4AsbpBOX30— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) September 17, 2019
He's K'ing kids out of the kindness of his heart. Failure, as we all know, is the mother of success. Keep striking out 12-year-olds, Bartolo.
Also the Mets should sign him.
Matt Monagan is a writer for MLB.com. In his spare time, he travels and searches Twitter for Wily Mo Peña news.