Mets Pitcher Bartolo Colon learned his work ethic from a pet donkey

Sources: Multiple

new-york-mets-bartolo-colon-donkeyBartolo Colon is the subject of a profile in the Thursday edition of The New York Timesand in addition to shedding some light on the long-tenured but soft-spoken pitcher, the Times tells some very entertaining stories from his youth.

Colon grew up in the small town of El Copey in the Dominican Republic, where he had a pet donkey named Pancho, which the article says inspired Colon’s work ethic, allowing him to have such a long MLB career.

Pancho has been immortalized in Colon’s training complex built in his hometown of El Copey. A wall illustration tells the story of Pancho and his important role in the Cy Young winner’s life.

It just goes to show you: Never forget where you came from, and remember to thank all the people — and donkeys — who helped you reach your dreams.


  1. In the Old testament there is a prophesy that the Messiah will choose the humble burro (donkey) instead of the two horses tied under a tree for him. This prophesy comes true the morning that Christ chooses the burro to make his entrance into Jerusalem to greet the crowds that are waiting for him. Christians celebrate this day as Palm Sunday, and the story is retold every year. Christ chose the burro due to the burros humble spirit and willingness to serve us. The burro is symbolic because within both the burro and the horse are these enormous sacrificial hearts. Like Christ, they will do what we ask them to do for as long as they are able to do it. They have, do and will die to serve us if we ask them to. Therefore, we must be careful what we ask.

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  2. A second comment very much related to what is going on outside of Feel Good Sunday is the evidence found in ancient mitochondrial DNA recovered from bones and sedimentary samples as well as careful examination of teeth that are unique to each equid species, is that the burro (ass) Equus asinus and the half ass (Equus hermionus) originated in North America. These species appear to have preceded the evolution of the modern horse (Equus caballus). Caballus is currently believed to have appeared between one and two million years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch, a period of relatively rapid climate changes. Scientists find that the amazing variation is size and shape of species specific traits were largely due to the response of the organism to adapt to environmental demands. Of course these changes took place over thousands of years. The rate of mutation in horse is very slow, four times slower than in humans.

    But all living species of Equus originated here in North America and dispersed from here. Equus and mammoth are contemporary species in the late Quaternary. Dr. Ross MacPhee’s studies of mammoth indicate they survived in northern Siberia (a hope, skip, and a jump from Alaska until around 2,000 years ago. When the area in the arctic north of Canada is explored and mined, we may find similar evidence there. Whether or not we ever hear about this or if it is already known but not published where we can find it or in a language we can read is another matter.

    The Pope recently commented that there should not have been burros in the stable where Christ was born—but they were there. Interesting comment and informative about the type of scientific information (the Pope is interested in science, especially those that are tied to climate change). One of the most important pieces in understanding how species that originated in one area of the world ended up arriving in another before humans came along and upset the natural order is the impact of historic climate change on the geography and geology of the continents. For a very long period of time the tectonic plate of Africa pushed right into what is now Europe and there was no Mediterranean Sea. Equids crossed the Berringia into Asia and would have followed the route that offered to the best forage for them into refugia. There were multiple routes around the Arctic Circle that animals used during prehistory to move from continent to another. Camels originated here, but when the environment changed, they migrated to refugia which turned out to be better for them. Unlike the horse, camels found other climes more suitable for them.

    God bless and protect the humble burro.

    Wonderful column RT.

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