It's the saddest sentence in the English language: Bartolo Colon may have made his final start. If it was the final appearance for the 44-year-old hurler with a swing of gold and the greatest nickname possible, then he went out on top. Colon pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run and striking out four in the Twins' 5-1 victory over the Tigers.
After Colon got Jeimer Candelario to ground out, he was pulled from the game for Buddy Boshers. As he walked off the mound, the crowd roared their approval for Big Sexy. Before he got to the dugout, he embraced his former Indians teammate, Omar Vizquel.
Have no fear, though: Colon is looking to return next season to fulfill a promise he made to his late mother. "That's the goal," Colon said. "That's what I promised my old lady and that's what I want to do."
Vizquel didn't realize that, though.
"[Vizquel] said, 'I saw you pitch the first time and now I saw you pitch the last time.' But maybe he was talking about himself not coming back because I'm not going anywhere."
The Tigers' first-base coach confirmed that to MLB.com's Jason Beck, adding that Colon "hasn't changed a bit."
Open to returning to the Twins next year, though admitting that it's a "front-office deal," the ovation from the Twins fans certainly didn't hurt Colon's affection for Minnesota.
"It was amazing," Colon said. "For them to do that for me almost made me want to cry. It was a beautiful moment for me."
Tune in to see Colon's Twins play the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ESPN.