Mets fan gets Bartolo Colon tattoo to commemorate home run

Wednesday May 11th, 2016

Get breaking news and SI’s biggest stories instantly. Download the new Sports Illustrated app (iOS or Android) and personalize your experience by following your favorite teams and SI writers.

A New York Mets fan got a tattoo of Bartolo Colon in honor of the 42-year-old pitcher's first Major League home run, according to

Colon became the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to hit his first home run when he took San Diego Padres pitcher James Shields deep to left field at Petco Park. One fan promised that "If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I'll get a commemorative tattoo".​

His friend held him to the bet, which resulted in the following:


There are few things in the world less important than a mans word. In this case, a statement was made at the beginning of the season, and it came true. Matt Sassi said to his buddy, Anthony Triola: "If Bartolo Colon hits a home run this year, I'll get a commemorative tattoo". Before the game on Saturday I met them in McFadden's and they told me about this bet. You'd think, ok... that's not happening. Right? WRONG! Coolest part of the bet was that they were both there to witness the feat in person. Matt is a Middletown, NY native that moved to San Diego. What were the odds that Bart would be on the hill the day of our invasion? What are the odds he'd go yard? Slim to damn near impossible. Matt could have chickened out and not gotten it at all, or gotten something small that could easily have been hidden. Instead he went balls to the freakin' wall with pretty much a half sleeve. Tossed THE 7 LINE ARMY on there for good measure and added the date of Bart's now famous swing. You manned up, Matt. Bravo.

A photo posted by The 7 Line (@the7line) on

Colon’s home run traveled 365 feet, according to Statcast, and left his bat at 97 mph.

Topps sold a record 8,826 baseball cards that commemorate Colon's first home run.

• Bartolo Colon is the gift (and the GIF) that keeps on giving

In 228 at-bats, Colon is hitting .092 with two doubles, one home run, 121 strikeouts and no walks.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.