Letter from a Mets fan: Bring Big Sexy (Bartolo Colon) Back

New York Mets' Bartolo Colon delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Mets' Bartolo Colon delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Dear Sports Gods,

What have we, the mere mortal Mets fan base, done to deserve losing Bartolo “Big Sexy” Colón?

Was it when we booed Daniel Murphy when he came back to Citi all those times last season? (He deserved that). Is it because we so demand ownership to bring back Céspedes?

Either way, how bummed we all are. I mean, look at Thor’s twitter account. How can we not feel his pain?

For three seasons, Colon seemed to be the most dependable pitcher on our staff when it came to staying healthy. Which, in all fairness, is the definition of an oxy-moron. T

his man, however, seemed to carry the team when the DL just kept getting longer and longer. While his pitch selection was bare bones, his ability to locate his pitches was incredible, especially for someone in their 40’s. And while he was never the ace for of the pitching staff, I couldn’t help but love to watch him play.

Bartolo was the secondary mascot (unless, of course, you have a hatred for Mr. Met…) His first home run is stuff of legend, including that very long trot. That may have been the longest one ever, but he did it as a Met, so take the Atlanta!

I know what many of you are thinking.

How does this guy get paid to write this? Two things to answer that: One, I don’t get paid. This is me just filling my free time by writing an article about how sad I am to lose Colón.

And two, I really don’t want to think about seeing Big Sexy pitch for a division rival, if you can call the Braves that. Two offseasons in a row, a Met has gone to a rival.

I wasn’t sad when Murphy left. His poor defensive play drove me insane.

But how can we lose Bartolo? I would go to UConn games, and a Bartolo fathead would be on display in the student section. Not Syndergaard, not Harvey, and DeGrom, BIG SEXY.

I wish him the best of luck. He made the Mets a fun team to watch on nights where they wouldn’t otherwise be.

But as my brother said, “The Mets need to pull a Justin Timberlake, and bring Sexy back”.

Until we meet again Bartolo,

A sad, sad Mets fan.

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