The 44-year-old pitcher carried a perfect game into the eighth and Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs for the Texas Rangers during their 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros in 10 innings Sunday night.
I don’t ever think about what age I am or who is facing me, Colon said through a translator. I always try to do my job and I always feel happy doing my job and that’s what I think about.
He left a changeup up and I was looking over the plate and got enough of it to get it over the first baseman’s head, Reddick said.
Opposing fans in Houston gave Colon a standing ovation, and he clapped his bare hand softly against the outside of his glove.
A fan favorite all around the majors, the beefy right-hander nicknamed Big Sexy is on his ninth team in his last 11 seasons.
It was probably top three games I’ve ever been involved in, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. I was getting excited. You find yourself pulling for it, a lot of different things run through your mind in those types of situations. It was his game.
Two outs later, Colon was removed with the score tied at 1. As he walked off the field, he glanced at Reddick on third base and the two shared some words.
He looked at me and told me I was supposed to at least roll over it and not pull it like that, Reddick said. He and I go way back from our Oakland days. I told him great job. He’s one of the better guys you’ll see in the game.
Chirinos homered early for the only hit off Verlander, who struck out 11 over eight innings.
The crowd chanted his name until Lindor emerged from the dugout for a curtain call, raising both arms to the skies.
I love the Cleveland Indians fans. I love them. They’re supporters, big-time,” Lindor said. But this is where I grew up. These are my people. It’s extremely special.”
It was a triumphant return for Lindor, who on Monday went back to his grammar school in Guyabo, his hometown, to see some of his former teachers and hold a clinic for students.
The Indians and the Twins are in Puerto Rico to play a two-game series in San Juan to give back to an island that was robbed of so much by Hurricane Maria in September.
In speaking with ESPN’s Marly Rivera after Tuesday’s game, Lindor said of the reception he received: It was special, something I’ll never forget.
I want to thank everybody who came out to support us, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll come out and do the same thing, added Lindor, who told ESPN that he featured a special message of thanks to Puerto Rico and his family on his cleats for the game.