Bartolo Colon’s shot heard around the world is now officially in the record books.
Two weekends ago against the Padres, one of baseball fans’ favorite pitchers because of his size and stature, took James Shields deep for his first career home run. With the home run, Colon became the older player to hit a first-career home run.
So on Tuesday at Citi Field, Colon was presented with an award from Guinness World Records for his accomplishment:
At Citi Field, Bartolo Colon just accepted a certificate from Guinness World Records for being the oldest guy to hit his first home run.
— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) May 17, 2016
Colon has a 3-2 record on the year with a 3.53 ERA, and holds a career batting average of .089 in 19 seasons of major league play.
Now, he’s a Guinness World Record-holder, and not for one of those wacky records either, such as taking the longest escalator ride, most toilet seats broken by one’s head in one minute, or largest collection of toothpaste tubes (yes, those are all things).
— Vince NY
The record might not be as high up on his career accolades list as his 2005 AL Cy Young Award or his three All-Star appearances, but it’s definitely not a bad way to close out your career.
But then again, Bartolo might play forever, if we’re lucky.