Stark: Bartolo’s blast among strange but true feats that make MLB great

From SABR member Jayson Stark at on December 27, 2016:

So here it is, the last week of December. And you know what I can’t get out of my head? Bartolo Colon’s home run. Yeah, really. What the heck is wrong with me, anyway?

And then I realize. Nothing is wrong with me. I’m thinking about Bartolo’s magical home run because it makes me laugh — but also because it reminds me of something I never want to forget.

That baseball is awesome. And this totally goofy, totally exhilarating, totally out-of-the-blue home run was one of those OMG moments that sums up the strange but true beauty of this incredible sport.

Every single day, for six months a year, we find ourselves asking: How the hell did that happen? Or: When was the last time that happened? Or: Did you just see what I saw? Or something like that. Well, you know what? Even in December, when we find ourselves halfway through baseball’s long, cold, box-score-free offseason, that’s something to celebrate.

So what better time to savor those beautiful moments than the final week of 2016, when there is no baseball at all — other than the awesome memories that get us through the winter? C’mon, raise your champagne glasses as we toast the 100 percent nonfictional wackiness that makes baseball so relentlessly cool.


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Originally published: December 27, 2016. Last Updated: December 27, 2016.