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ESPN- Bartolo Colon’s season ended with more than 15 wins and crossing the 200-inning threshold. The 40-year-old right-hander also became a U.S. citizen, according to Katie Tichacek, a public affairs officer at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The ceremony with Colon and his wife Paula took place on Saturday, the day before Colon won the season finale at Citi Field.

There are eight requirements for citizenship (reprinted below directly from the U.S. government fact sheet):

• Be at least 18 years of age;
• Be a lawful permanent resident (green card holder);
• Have resided in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years;
• Have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months;
• Be a person of good moral character;
• Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language;
• Have knowledge of U.S. government and history; and
• Be willing and able to take the Oath of Allegiance.

Alright guys, no more fat guy jokes about Bartolo.  He is now an American, which means that being overweight is OK and usually expected.  It’s hard not to absolutely love everything about this square shaped Gremlin.  All the dude does is throw strikes, eat innings, and win games.  That makes him a much better American citizen than guys like Mike Pelfrey and Kyle Farnsworth.  If Bartolo had needed a sponsor, I would have been the first person in line to volunteer for him.

I also never knew that becoming an American citizen was so easy.  When Apu tried to do it in The Simpsons, he had to jump through a bunch of hoops and take a test at the end.  Classic episode.

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  •  First of all, look at that cut he takes.  Granted, it was 89 MPH in the heart of the plate, but still a legit rip down the line.
  • The ball rolling under the pictures of some of the most legendary hitters in baseball history on the outfield wall has some sort of understated meaning that I am not smart enough to comprehend.
  • Colon casually pulling into second as Big Mayo Matt Adams runs in back of him is equally incredible.  That may be the heaviest pitcher/fielder baserunning combination of all-time
  • And finally, the sneaky funniest part of this GIF.  The Mets bullpen going BANANAS and giving Big Fat Bartolo a standing ovation.  Baseball, still America’s past time, I guess.

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