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Virtually no Mets fans (outside of Frank Fleming) thought we’d already be focused on the 2024 season with less than a month left in the regular season. But here we are, trying to find ways to get psyched about going to the ballpark. However, there are likely more than a few people looking forward to watching Bartolo Colon officially retire as a Met.

That’s set to take place on September 17th at Citi Field. We’ve known the date of Big Sexy’s celebration for a while. But are you going to be there in person for it? If you weren’t planning on it, this video advertising the event shared by the Mets on X earlier this week might make you reconsider.

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As part of the celebration, the first 15,000 fans that come through the gates will also get this Big Sexy t-shirt to remember their experience by:

But honestly? I’d take one bottle of Big Sexy cologne over a t-shirt any day. (Well, I’d technically take both, but if I was forced to take one, it’d be the actual cologne).

I’m going to state the obvious here. The person who created this video needs a huge raise. When I think of art, I won’t be thinking about Vincent van Gogh anymore. Now I’m going to think of this Bartolo Colon video. It gets better and better as it gets toward the end, too. I got a chuckle at the beginning, but then it turned into full-on laughter by the end.

Bravo. Just, bravo. It’s hard on an organization’s social media and creative teams to put together solid content when the on-field roster disappoints as much as the Mets have in 2023. But this is a perfect example of how you execute something that’ll make fans smile/laugh amid a tough season.

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Matt Musico is an editor for ESNY. He’s been writing about baseball and the Mets for the past decade. His work has been featured on numberFire, MetsMerized Online, Bleacher Report, and Yahoo! Sports.