The road less traveled

Posted at: 04/18/2013 4:09 PM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 8:36 PM
By: Robin De Wind

The Rochester Red Wings are looking to breakout of their seven game slump. They wrap up their series with Scranton-Wilkes Barre Thursday.

The road less traveled can sum up the professional career of one member of the Rochester Red Wings. His dream, to play and succeed in the majors. Finally, at 29-years-old, he's closer to the big leagues than ever before.

Chris Colobello learned early that things don't always work out the way you plan.

Chris Colobello, Red Wings first baseman, said, “I thought I did well enough to get drafted but it didn't work out.”

Division I offers came late and Colabello ended up at small Division II Assumption College in Worchester, Massachusetts. Not exactly a pipeline to the majors.

Colobello: I ended up playing seven years in independent ball, thankfully 2011 was a pretty good year for me, the Twins came knocking.”

Baseball has been in Colabello's blood. He saw the Independent League as a way to still stay in the game, despite his dreams still being in the far off distance, he never gave up. After seven years of grinding it out, in 2011, he was named the Independent Player of the Year and caught the attention of the Twins as a humble 29-year-old prospect.

Colobello said, “It would have been easy for them to not sign me so I'm thankful to the twins, so thankful to be here.”

Minnesota prides itself on being an organization that believes in giving players a shot. That's all Chris Colobello needs. He says he isn't ready to give up on baseball or his dream of making it to the majors and being successful, as long as he's improving everyday and having fun.

They say it's the journey and not the destination. Watch the Red Wings' first baseman if you don't believe it.

Colobello said, “Even just to let me in the door, they believed in what I can do. I try to not think about the future.  try to do what I can and get better and I think when you focus on other stuff, it has a tendency to affect you negatively.”

The Red Wings and Scranton Wilkes-Barre wrap up their series Thursday at 7:05p.m. at Frontier Field