The New York Mets have a rich history of many elite players.
They have Hall of Famers playing in every decade and many players that Mets fans connected with.
One player who was always a fan favorite in New York was Bartolo Colon.
The long-time MLB pitcher had some good seasons with the Mets.
Colon played 21 seasons in the Major Leagues and spent only three of those years with the Mets.
His 2016 season with the Mets was the last time that he was named an All-Star.
During his retirement press conference, Colon talked about what the Mets fans meant to him.
According to SNY, Colon said, “It’s not that they are the most important to me, but they are the ones that did give me a good amount of happiness.”
Bartolo Colón was asked why he connected so much with the Mets fanbase:
"It's not that they are the most important to me, but they are the ones that did give me a good amount of happiness" pic.twitter.com/4mDfciKujo
— SNY (@SNYtv) September 17, 2023
That was an interesting way to phrase that comment by saying that Mets fans were not the most important to him.
But, you can tell he had a ton of fun while playing in New York.
Some players struggle when they have to play in a big city with a lot of scrutiny.
But that was not a problem for Colon.
It is honestly surprising that Colon wanted to retire as a Met.
Even though he loved playing there, his best seasons came with the Cleveland Indians (Guardians).
Also, he won a Cy Young award with the Los Angeles Angels.
Colon finishes his career with 247 wins and a career ERA of 4.12.
He made four All-Star teams and won the aforementioned Cy Young award.
Colon was successful for many years and now he finishes his career as a Met.NEXT: The Mets Gave Bartolo Colon A Perfect Sendoff