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On Saturday night, the impossible dream came true for many baseball fans when 42-year-old fan-favorite Bartolo Colon hit his first career home run.
Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen had an understandably over-the-top call of the home run, calling it “one of the great moments in the history of baseball.” While the home run is not going to go down in history with Babe Ruth’s called shot, Bobby Thompson’s “shot heard round the world,” or Kirk Gibson’s World Series heroics, the moment was truly great for many fans who have grown to love the portly cult figure.
On Monday, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of the MLB Network and SiriusXM radio, and one half of the legendary sports-radio duo “Mike & the Mad Dog,” trashed the idea that Colon’s home run was that big of a deal, despite Colon becoming a trending topic on Saturday and Sunday.
“Nobody cares about Bartolo Colon except the Mets fan,” Russo said with his voice rising. “There isn’t a person in America who cares one bit about Bartolo Colon …THIS BARTOLO COLON THING IS WAY, WAY, WAY, WAY OVER THE TOP. THE NEW YORK TIMES WROTE ABOUT IT TODAY. I COULDN’T CARE LESS ABOUT BARTOLO COLON!”
Russo went on to say that he worked out with some Mets fans – apparently representative of all America – who said “it’s a joke, nobody cares about Bartolo Colon.”
The entire rant is worth listening to. For those familiar with his style, this is classic Mad Dog: