ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Lou and Silvana Colabello traveled from Milford, Mass., — an hour outside of Boston — to watch their son Chris play on Wednesday. It just happened to be Silvana’s birthday.
“Seems like every time I play on her birthday something crazy happens,” Chris Colabello said. “All the way back to high school and college.”
Know what’s crazy? That Colabello, who seemed to be overmatched last season as an Independent League veteran turned major league rookie, has torn up the league during the first month of the season. And he’s about to take down a Twins legend in the record books.
Colabello opened and closed the Twins’ scoring on Wednesday night, cranking a two-run home run in the second then a two-run single in the 12th in their 6-4 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. With four RBI on Wednesday, Colabello has 26 on the season — tying him with Kirby Puckett for the club record for RBI in the first month of the season (including March).
“That’s a pretty cool name to be associated with,” Colabello said. “I’m not going to forget that one.”
And it looks like that record is going down: The Twins have six more games left this month.
“That’s pretty special for a guy who, as he put it, tells us he’s played in a beer league” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
His two-run homer in the fourth tied the score at 2-2, and that was an amazing moment in itself. Fox Sports North’s Marney Gellner was interviewing Silvana Colabello as Chris batted and was able to catch her reaction as her son crushed a 1-0 pitch from Jake Odorizzi over the center field wall for his third homer of the season.
“That’s a pretty cool moment,” Chris Colabello said.
Joe Mauer reached on an infield hit to open the 12th, then Trevor Plouffe lined a double into the left field corner to put runners on second and third for Colabello. He battled with Josh Lueke before he hit a single up the middle, driving in both runners. Glen Perkins pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his fourth save.