Mets Fan Keeps His Word, Gets Bartolo Colon Tattoo

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The baseball universe exploded on Saturday night, shortly after 9 P.M., when New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon did the unthinkable.

Bartolo plate appearances have become must-see TV. The 265-pound, 42-year-old hurler has a career sub .100 batting average. The hilarity of his plate appearances generally comes from the flailing swings that sometimes knock the helmet right off his head. This time, though, Big Sexy sent a James Shields delivery 365 feet for his first career home run.

The 96.8 MPH exit velocity of Bartolo’s dinger was faster than any pitch he’s thrown in probably 15 years and the 30.6 seconds it took for Bartolo to round the bases was slower than Kirk Gibson’s historic limp around the bases after his World Series walk-off in 1988.

Seed SackFor the baseball world, Bartolo going yard meant lots of dropped jaws, laughter, and pure joy. For lifelong Mets fan Matt Sassi, it meant a lot more.

From @the7line on Instagram:

“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.”

Here’s the glorious artwork:

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

Bravo, indeed, Matt.