Big Sexy
Bartolo Colón

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Narrated By: Bernardo de Paula

Duration: 2 hours and 49 minutes

What to expect

From picking coffee in the Dominican Republic to reaching icon status as a Major League pitcher in America, here is the story of baseball’s most colorful player told in his own words

Bartolo Colón—also known as Big Sexy—is a baseball icon and one of the most beloved players to ever play the game. In a career spanning twenty-one years, Colón has won the Cy Young Award and won more games than any other Latin American–born pitcher. But more importantly, Big Sexy has captured the hearts of fans of the game as well as the stars he has played against. Colón plays the game the way it was meant to be. In Big Sexy: In His Own Words, Bartolo Colón opens up as never before. The result is a touching and deeply personal story of a truly unique baseball life.


Biography: sport, Baseball, Biography: general

Listen to a sample

“He held up his right arm and said, ‘Don’t worry, Dad. With this arm I’m going to make you rich and you won’t have to work anymore.’”

Miguel Valerio Colón, father, praise for the author

“My mother did tell me he was a genius at math, though.”

José Antonio Torres Reyes, general manager at the Bartolo Colón Baseball Academy, praise for the author

“Every moment with Bartolo Colón is a story. He’s an awesome guy.”

Manny Ramirez, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox teammate, praise for the author

“He was one of those guys who, when he took the mound, he went all out.”

Omar Vizquel, Cleveland Indians teammate, praise for the author

“He’s a great guy, a great human being, who does a lot of things for his country, and he never takes anything for granted.”

Albert Pujols, friend and World Baseball Classic teammate for the Dominican Republic, praise for the author

“Every time he would start, before the game we’d play hide-and-seek. He’d come out of the locker room, and I’d be hiding. I’d have a tarp over me; I’d hide behind walls. I was in garbage cans, linen baskets. And he would always find me, and he would give off this belly laugh. Sometimes I’d jump out at him from inside a closet. It was like we were a couple of kids again.”

Dan Warthen, New York Mets pitching coach, praise for the author

“He could have pitched for me forever.”