Bartolo Colon had a phenomenal outing on the mound and the baseball world was loving it
Bartolo Colon put on a fabulous display atop the mound in the Rangers' 3-1 win over the Astros on Sunday night. He cruised into seven perfect innings, but that perfection ceased to be after a lead-off walk by Carlos Correa and a Josh Reddick double.
Despite the somewhat unhappy ending, the baseball world and adoring fans were filled to the brim with excitement with what they were witnessing.
As the innings flew by, we weren't sure how Colon was handling the pressure. Well:
BART IS SO RELAXED LOL pic.twitter.com/zqrKLOf5Ji— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 16, 2018
Or this could explain it:
A quick explanation for how Bartolo Colon is doing this. pic.twitter.com/kVmE7n5hGG— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) April 16, 2018
He even got respect from former players who faced him:
That was fun.— Michael Young (@MikeyY626) April 16, 2018
Faced Bart in ‘02 on cold CLE night and he basically sat 100 all game. Throws one 99 in top 8 and somebody at end of bench says, “Time to get him, boys. He’s slowing down.” It’s a trip to see this version of him.
And those who were Dan Haren:
I threw 88 with 1000% effort.— dan haren (@ithrow88) April 16, 2018
And when it was over, there was nothing but respect from Bartolo:
Very cool by Bartolo Colon: Gives a wave on his way off the mound to Josh Reddick, who broke up the no-hitter.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 16, 2018
When both boys have a balloon. pic.twitter.com/qFu4pqpjBt— Sung Min Kim (@sung_minkim) April 16, 2018
With some fun facts:
Colon, at 44 years, 326 days, is oldest pitcher to ever carry a no-hitter to 8th inning. No pitcher at this age has gone more than 7 innings and allowed 1 hit.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) April 16, 2018
And yes, it was a perfect game in its own way:
If you really think about it, every game Bartolo pitches in is a perfect game— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 16, 2018
Bartolo didn't lose his perfect game; the perfect game lost Bartolo.— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) April 16, 2018
And they don't call him Big Sexy for nothing:
When you're just hanging out and you spot Bartolo. pic.twitter.com/1m3qCiZOcz— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) August 25, 2017
Thank you for that, Bartolo. That was wonderful -- just like you:
Bartolo 4ver pic.twitter.com/yOznE96xwj— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 16, 2018
Jessica Kleinschmidt is an associate editorial producer for Cut4 (oh that sounds fancy). She has covered baseball for half a decade.