“Big Sexy: Bartolo Colon In His Own Words”
with Michael Stahl
Illustrations by Meagan Ross
The publishing info:
Released May 12
The review in 90 feet or less
Big Bart was in the news recently. On his 47th birthday, as a matter of fact, right before Memorial Day.
“I’m not retired,” he proclaimed. “I know this is not a sport for the old, it’s for the young. Even though I’m not playing right now, I tried to keep fit.”
An Associated Press story pointed out that for Colon, it’s still a numbers game. The number 46 is more important that 47, because if he can just log 46 more innings with a big-league team he will have passed Juan Marichal with the most by a Dominican pitcher. Colon already passed Marichal in career wins with 247.
When the 2019 MLB season started, Colon also made some news by not playing: The fact he wasn’t on any roster, combined with the retirement of Adrian Beltre, meant that there no longer any active players left from the 20th Century.
Kind of a jarring headline, but you figure it out.
If we’re talking more numbers about Colon here:
With the new book “Big Sexy,” it measures 7×9 inches, which may not seem to be all the relevant, but in the book world, it’s a bit odd shaped. Maybe on purpose, consider Colon’s, eh, physique?
(To which, we refer to a quote of Colon’s on page 188: “Sometimes in my career, I heard fans yelling at me things like ‘Fat boy’ or ‘Eat some more hamburgers’ or ‘Eat some salads so you can lose weight, you fucking fatty.’ They think I don’t understand, but I do. It never bothered me, though. … When it comes to my body, I feel good the way I am; that’s all that matters.”
(And as for whether he understood the English fans were yelling: “I speak English better than most people know, but I’m much more comfortable with Spanish … I’m not sure if the opportunity will ever come about because of the language barrier with me, but if I were asked to be a pitching coach somewhere, I think I woudl like that. It would be an honor.”)
It only has 208 pages, but that’s not an issue either, because it’s very visually driven. Words are important, but this isn’t close to any of the expanded bios one might find these days on any athlete.
In a word, this is somewhat ground-breaking. It’s a hybrid of a graphic novel and a magazine story, with bold/pastel colors that would seem to be geared more toward a teen than a seasoned baseball fan who recalls all he did for the Angels during his 2005 Cy Young season (21-8, 3.48 ERA, 4.0 WAR for AL West champions, with 84 percent share of the vote ahead of runner-up Mariano Riviera). Continue reading “Extra inning baseball book reviews for 2020: “Big Sexy” education, or the new scent of Bartolo Colon”