When Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia needed a translator to help with an interview earlier this month, he didn't turn to Bobby Cuellar, Minnesota's bullpen coach who is fluent in both Spanish and English.
The duty fell to Chris Colabello.
As it turns out, Colabello is trilingual. The Twins rookie is fluent in English and Italian and is "close" to being fluent in Spanish. The first two languages came naturally to him as a kid; his mother, who grew up in Italy, spoke Italian to Colabello while his father spoke English at home. The Spanish? That came via four years of the language in high school and another at Assumption College in Massachusetts. Already knowing Italian helped him pick up the similarities of Spanish quickly.
When he got to pro baseball, though, Colabello realized his Spanish wasn't quite as good as he initially thought. He'd have to slow teammates down to fully understand what they were saying. Over time, he picked up more and more to the point where he can now have ful...