NEW YORK – The majestic Bartolo Colon opened his Atlanta Braves career on Wednesday night in a start against his old Mets teammates at Citi Field. The Mets greeted Colon with a video tribute celebrating the 43-year-old righty’s three seasons in Queens. And when Colon came to bat for the first time in the third inning, Mets fans gave him a standing ovation:
Colon acknowledged the cheers with a tip of the batting helmet and a finger in the sky, but struck out in the at-bat. Three innings later, he earned another standing ovation for grounding weakly to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and, in trademark fashion, carrying his bat with him as he half-heartedly jogged down the line toward first.
Colon will turn 44 on May 24. He entered Wednesday’s game 10 wins shy of Juan Marichal’s all-time record for Dominican-born pitchers. He left the Mets for the Braves in free agency this offseason.
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