Bartolo Colon's historic home run has created somewhat of a domino effect of unrelated events. It set records for baseball card sales, it was the driving force behind Noah Syndergaard's two home runs in Wednesday's game, and caused a fan to get a ridiculous tattoo commemorating the feat.
The last of the three is the best, simply because this fan now has a giant tattoo of Colon's face on his arm, complete with a helmet falling off of his head. And it was all the result of losing a bet to a friend.
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.
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Just about anyone would feel confident making a bet that Colon, who's 42 years old, wouldn't hit a home run this season -- or ever, for that matter. It was the first of his career, and most likely the last. At least Matt has permanent ink to remember the day he witnessed history, and lost the safest bet of all time.