Bartolo Colon is the subject of a profile in the Thursday edition of The New York Times, and 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.