Bartolo Colon picks off a baserunner. By running him down all by himself.

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[Braves clubhouse — some time in the not-too-distant future. A.J. Pierzynski surrounded by reporters]

Reporter: So, when did you know it was time to retire, A.J.?

Pierzynski: Well, you know, you just get to that point when it feels right. There’s no one specific moment or anything like that.

If he does say that, he’s lying. Because this has to be the moment:

I have no idea what Pierzynski was doing. He doesn’t steal bases or anything. All I know is that, after that happened, that Fox broadcaster chair has to look pretty inviting.

As for Colon, nothing he does at this point would surprise me. He has transcended baseball. He’s a phenomenon.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.