Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hilariously told an opponent he was going to strike out on purpose because he didn't want to swing the bat

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New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon is having another solid season on the mound, and he even reached a career milestone this year when he hit his first home run.

However, during the Mets' 7-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday, Colon did not have homering on his mind.

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Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hilariously told an opponent he was going to strike out on purpose because he didn't want to swing the bat
May 23, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon winds up as he pitches during Spring training at Chain O' Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven February 25. MW/JP
Cleveland Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon from Altamira, in the Dominican Republic, throws during drills at the Indians' spring training camp at Chain-O-Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida, February 20, 2002. Last season Colon was 14-12 with an ERA of 4.09. REUTERS/Joe Skipper JLS
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is pictured in action against the Baltimore Orioles at Jacobs Field, May 15, 2002. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz RK/HK
Montreal Expos starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws during the first inning of action against the New York Mets, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, July 18, 2002. REUTERS/Shaun Best SB
Anaheim Angels starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, of Altamira, Dominican Republic, throws from the mound during the first day of spring training practice for pitchers and catchers in Tempe, Arizona, February 20, 2004. Colon signed a four year contract with the Angels as a free agent after pitching for the Chicago White Sox in 2003 with a 15-13 record. REUTERS/Jeff Topping JT/JDP
The Los Angeles Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon throws in the second inning against the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the American League Divisional Series at Angels Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California, October 4, 2005. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
Dominican Republic starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws in the first inning against Venezuela in their World Baseball Classic first round game in Kissimmee, Florida March 7, 2006. REUTERS/Steve Nesius
Dominican Republic pitcher Bartolo Colon pitches against Cuba in the sixth inning of their World Baseball Classic semi-final game in San Diego March 18, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Bartolo Colon delivers a pitch against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of their opening day game in Seattle April 3, 2006. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo
Boston Red Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon smiles as he walks to the dugout in the third inning of the Red Sox MLB baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts May 21, 2008. It is Colon's first start with the Red Sox. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws to the plate against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of their American League baseball game in Chicago, Illinois, September 14, 2007. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws during the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts June 6, 2008. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws a pitch to the Chicago White Sox in the fifth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws a pitch to the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, August 11, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto September 17, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon returns to the dugout during the sixth inning of their MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland August 2, 2012. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning in game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
April 13, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports AY Sports
Jul 18, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 27, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the 12th inning in game one of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 23, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws the ball during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Quite the opposite, in fact. Colon went 0-2 with two strikeouts during two plate appearances on Monday, and said after the game that his strikeouts were predetermined, and even told the opposing catcher ahead of time. According to Stephen Whyno of AP, Colon's back was bothering him, so going for a hit wasn't worthwhile.

At the plate, Colon did his best to not contribute to [Gio] Gonzalez's rough night, telling catcher Wilson Ramos he wasn't going to swing.

"I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, not worth making my back worse, so I told their catcher from the beginning, 'Just throw it right down the middle, I'm not swinging,'" Colon said through a translator. "After that first at-bat and they threw me that changeup, I was like: 'No, I promise you. Throw it right down the middle. I am not going to swing.'"

The specific at-bat seems to have come during the sixth inning, when Colon looked disinterested in swinging at the ball.

Colon did handle his business on the mound, however, going seven innings, allowing five hits, one run, and striking out two while picking up the win.

Hopefully Colon's back is okay, but his advice to Ramos only adds to the mounting evidence that he may be baseball's most colorful personality.

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