Less than two months ago, it was reported that veteran starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was considering retirement. Given that Colon is 44 years old and had an 8.19 ERA at the time of the report, the news certainly wasn’t a surprise. The right-hander had just signed with the Minnesota Twins after being released by the Atlanta Braves.
Well, Colon has turned things around since joining the Twins, putting together a 3.94 ERA in 61 2/3 innings over 10 starts. It’s been a big boost for the Minnesota rotation and a reason why they have a two-game lead for the second AL Wild Card slot.
And the Twins are showing their appreciation for the 20-year MLB veteran by hosting “Big Sexy Night” on Sept. 15 at Target Field. The offer includes a ticket to the game — against the Toronto Blue Jays — and one of these fantastic “Big Sexy” shirts.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) September 8, 2017
The hope was that Colon would be starting that game, but Twins manager Paul Molitor said the team may move Colon’s scheduled start back a day:
Twins manager Paul Molitor was asked about this announcement, and said there’s a chance Colon’s scheduled start against Toronto could be pushed back from Friday to the following day, which of course would mean no Colon on the mound on “Big Sexy Night.”
“The [marketing department] asked me about that and I told him he’d be pitching Sunday and the next start is yet to be finalized,” Molitor told MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger with a smile, adding, “They kind of run the show more than anybody around here, I know that.”
Even if Colon doesn’t pitch, Big Sexy Night should be a fun one at Target Field.