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Colabello Sweeps Sox on Hoecoming Weekend
By the end of the weekend, Chris Colabello had seen over 100 familiar faces, collected five hits, and helped his Toronto Blue Jays to three victories over the Red Sox.
The 2001 Milford High School graduate returned to the Bay State for the first time as a Major Leaguer. A member of the Twins in 2014, he was sent to Triple-A just before Minnesota's only trip to Fenway Park. This time around, he was able to make the most of the chance to play in the ballpark he's admired all of his life.
"I think I was the most relaxed when the game started," he said. "From the first pitch to the last pitch, I was fine. All of the other stuff going on around the game was harder than actually playing."
Colabello finished the three-game series with five hits, all singles, in 14 at bats. He drove in a pair of runs and scored five, including a career-high three runs scored in the Blue Jays' 13-5 trouncing of the Sox on Sunday afternoon.
"I would venture to say I saw about 150 people I knew this weekend," he said. "I couldn't leave tickets for that many people, so it was great to see them come out and support me."
"I think it was kind of a whirlwind three days for him, but he's a very professional kid," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "Sometimes this kind of situation can work against you and be a distraction, but I think he really enjoyed it. It was his first time coming here and a really special day for him."
Aside from sweeping the Sox, Colabello said most of the weekend was spent seeing friends and family.
"I got to see a lot of people," he said. "I hung out with my dad and my fiancé, saw my aunt, my agent, a lot of buddies from college, just a lot of familiar faces."
He also had the chance to play left field, in front of Fenway's famed Green Monster. As he described his time in the outfield, he flashed a smile and showed a torn up forearm caused by a run in with the warning track.
"You turn around and the wall's right there, so if it goes over your head, there's a pretty good chance you can get it," he said. "I thought I played it OK. I caught the ones I was supposed to catch and even earned a few scrapes from the ball I dove for."
Aside from the rash, Colabello left Fenway with a .343 batting average as Toronto's every day left fielder and the number five hitter in the order. "Since day one, he's come up here and all he has done is hit," Gibbons said. "The kid's a winner. He's getting his opportunity with us and he's taking advantage of it."
Colabello said the nerves didn't really hit him the first time he stepped into the batter's box, despite the hundreds at the Park who were there just to see him play. "I was chilling," he said," I was much more nervous in my first at bat in Minnesota. This experience was just awesome, I enjoyed every bit of it, and it was great to come away with a sweep."




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