By Dan Cook, WCCO Radio
Each season baseball produces more than its fair share of unlikely stories. That’s one of the things that makes the game so special.
And yet, even though we know to anticipate the unlikely, to count on the improbable and to prepare for the implausible, it still manages to catch us off guard.
I give to you, the case of one Chris Colabello.
An undrafted free agent out of Massachusetts, Colabello has had one of the more round-about routes to the majors you’ll ever see.
He began his professional odyssey in 2005, playing for the Worcester Tornadoes of the independent Can-Am league. He remained there (outside of a 43-game stint with Nashua) for seven years.
At one point, rumors swirled that he and a teammate were going to have their contracts purchased by the Mets. His teammate got the call. He didn’t.
“He expressed disappointment that didn’t happen, but I recall was how loyal and supportive he was of his teammate. Chris was a consistent hitter that could do a lot of things to help a team win and he had that great attitude. There’s always players in [the independent leagues] that stand out from the pack because of their approach, because of their willingness to work, and he was one of them,” minor league reporter, Jessica Quiroli, said.
In baseball, like life, hard work will eventually earn you opportunities, and Colabello’s finally came.