Everyone’s favorite 44-year-old athlete put together an amazing performance in front of a national audience on Sunday Night Baseball, against the defending champions.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon took a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Colon finally lost the perfect game when he walked Astros’ young star Carlos Correa to lead off the bottom of the eighth.
Colon still had the no-hitter intact, but lost it on the next batter when Josh Reddick doubled down the right field line.
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
Still, it was an absolutely incredible effort against the best lineup in baseball, and from a 44-year-old pitcher!
If Bartolo Colon somehow goes 27 up, 27 down against this Astros lineup, that might qualify as the greatest pitching performance in MLB history.
— Jon Tayler, Smiling Politely (@JATayler) April 16, 2018
Colon was masterful with his comeback two-seamer on the night, and didn’t really throw much else but the fastball.
Bartolo Colon strikes out Jose Altuve with a signature backdoor sinker pic.twitter.com/tbrYhEdjgb
— Pitcher List (@PitcherList) April 16, 2018
Big Sexy, Two Seam movement. ? pic.twitter.com/pTKD9lRABX
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 16, 2018
— MLB (@MLB) April 16, 2018
Perfect game gone. No-hitter for Bartolo Colon still intact. And that's 26 consecutive fastballs and counting.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 16, 2018
Here are some more tweets on the ridiculous performance from Big Sexy:
A perfect game really would have been the full Colon experience, but I guess we'll have to settle for the semi-Colon.
— Grant Brisbee (@GrantBrisbee) April 16, 2018
Bartolo Colon is older than 6 current big league managers
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 16, 2018
If Bartolo Colon throws a perfect game I’ll paypal one retweeter $1000
— Justin MacMahan (@JustinMacMahan) April 16, 2018
Bartolo Colon wearing #42 in honor of both Jackie Robinson and of his age 2 years ago.
— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) April 16, 2018
If you’re not into Big Sexy Bartolo Colon throwing a perfect game through six innings vs the defending champs we can’t be friends.
— Alexa Datt (@AlexaDatt) April 16, 2018
Tip of the cap to Bartolo Colon.
Incredible outing. Still out there dealin’ at 44 years old.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 16, 2018
Bartolo Colón is the last remaining active pitcher to have pitched at the Astrodome (1 start 7/20/1999)
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 16, 2018