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Bartolo Colon sets new career high in hits while pitching gem, is having lots of fun playing baseball

At the beginning of the season, his 18th, Bartolo Colon was a very happy Major League Baseball player. And why wouldn't he be? He was 41 years old and still playing the game he loves. Look at that grin:

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Although he's had an up-and-down year, Colon has experienced newfound success at the plate. And during Monday's start against the Phillies, he set a new season high with his seventh hit -- a hard line drive up the middle:

It's his most since he reached the six-hit plateau back in 2002. He would later score on a Curtis Granderson home run in the same inning. The right-hander talked to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo about his new record after the game:

"I really am happy for that moment. To accomplish that, my own personal record, now I'm going to keep working hard to see if I can break my own record and establish a new record: eight hits."

And on the mound? Colon went eight innings, striking out nine while allowing just four hits and zero runs in the Mets' 3-1 victory. He picked up his 12th win. He now has a 16-inning scoreless streak. WATCH YOUR BACK, ZACK GREINKE! BARTYOLO'S COMING FOR YOU!

 

Oh, and he's also still having lots of fun playing baseball. A happy Bart makes a happy world.

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