New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon became the oldest player to hit his first career home run last week and people everywhere are continuing to talk about it. One Mets fan found himself at an awkward crossroads when he had to live up to his word and get a tattoo commemorating the pitcher.
According to Mets fan group “The 7 Line Army,” Matt Sassi told his friend that he would get a commemorative tattoo for Colon if he hit his first home run at some point this year. Colon did that last week and Sassi had to live up to his word.
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.
Good luck explaining that one to mom.
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