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Continued: Scoggins: Biggest believer in Colabello is himself

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 8, 2014 - 12:22 PM

But $1 million versus no guarantees …

“If I didn’t work out and I went to Triple-A, I would have been the same guy,” Colabello said. “Terry said, ‘If you turn this money down, I would hate to have to send you down.’ I said, ‘That’s OK, I had a blast in Rochester.’ If somebody would have told me three years ago that I would open up the 2014 season between Rochester and Minnesota, I would have been like, ‘Man, that’s awesome.’ How am I going to complain?”

Colabello made a mechanical adjustment this offseason by moving closer to the plate. But more than anything, he told himself to relax and stop trying to impress everyone. Just be himself.

“You remember where you are,” he said, “but you also remember that you belong here.”

Colabello looks like he belongs now. He’ll come back to earth at some point, maybe as soon as this week. He gets to keep these memories, though.

The best part of his first week came on Opening Day in Chicago. Colabello was walking with his parents downtown when somebody asked for his autograph. His dad watched with tears in his eyes.

“He said, ‘This is what I dreamed about doing my whole life [but] this is even better to see you doing it,’ ” Chris said.

 

Chip Scoggins • ascoggins@startribune.com

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