PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — On the first official workout day of his 19th season in the majors, Bartolo Colon arrived to the Mets training complex around 7:30 a.m. in a white Range Rover with shiny black rims. He parked in the space second from the door, next to Manager Terry Collins, where a blue and orange sign displayed his jersey number.
In the clubhouse, the Mets had given him a locker in a corner, with an empty locker next to it for extra space, another privilege — like the prime parking space — that is accorded veterans. As Colon sat there toying with his phone, players began filing in, and eventually five of the Mets’ young Latino pitchers gathered around Colon, pulling up chairs. One had to sit on the floor.