There was a loud roar.
Then sustained cheering that seemed to get louder and louder.
What was happening?
MOBILE USERS: WATCH BARTOLO COLON HIT A DOUBLE FOR THE METS
Oh, it was just pitcher Bartolo Colon smashing a double into deep center, bringing in a runner to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second of Sunday’s tilt between the Mets and Marlins.
Anthony Recker, who reached base on a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch, easily scored.
But the fans didn’t rumble with delight because Recker reached home plate.
No, they erupted at the sight of the hefty 42-year Colon chugging around the bases for his second career extra base hit.
Though Colon seemed to be running in slow motion, his legs churning as fast as they could, he easily reached second, the fans voicing their pleasure with a prolonged round of applause.
Before Sunday’s game, Terry Collins had joked that young pitchers shouldn’t emulate his physical condition but his mental approach to the game.
“You don’t have to copy him – don’t copy him physically – just how he gets ready to pitch every night,” said Collins.
Now, the players may have to mimic how he hits after Colon’s drive sailed over the head over the Marlins center fielder, who was playing in.
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