MESA, Ariz. Tyler Colvin walked in from right field and saw two Chicago reporters standing by the Cubs dugout. He lowered his head and pretended to cover his face.
Colvin wore sunglasses and a black Colorado Rockies hat, but there was no chance he wouldnt be recognized at HoHoKam Stadium.
This is where Colvin crushed Cactus League pitching and forced his way onto the 2010 team. Its just up the street from the complex where prospects got bigger and stronger at Camp Colvin.
Colvin was diplomatic about last Decembers change of scenery trade that involved four high draft picks who hadnt quite made it yet. He's quiet and polite but would still like to prove the Cubs wrong.
They have their ideas of what they want, Colvin said Tuesday. Of course, you can look at it that way and say, Hey, they didnt want me. Well, these guys want me and its a fresh start.
Colvin went out and got a single, a triple and an RBI groundout in an 11-4 loss to the Cubs. It could take years to sort out this trade.
The Cubs believe Ian Stewart can be their everyday third baseman and made him the centerpiece of a deal that sent Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu to Colorado. The 26-year-old Colvin was a buy-low candidate after spending long stretches of last season at Triple-A Iowa and hitting .150 with 58 strikeouts in 206 at-bats with the Cubs.
When Theo Epstein took over at Clark and Addison, Colvin thought it might be another shot at a fresh start, but he never got a chance to speak with the new president. Like Andrew Cashner another former first-round pick traded away this winter Colvin got the news when assistant general manager Randy Bush called.
When the Cubs signed outfielder David DeJesus in late November, general manager Jed Hoyer said it would be wrong to say Colvin is out of the teams plans. Less than two weeks later, Colvin was traded to the Rockies.
Its one of those things where I have to come into spring training (and) battle for a spot, Colvin said. Nothings going to be given to me. I know that. I have to go ahead and show everyone over here what I can do.
Colvin says his confidence is back, that hes eager to show hes the same left-hander hitter who generated 20 homers in only 358 at-bats in 2010. The rookies playing time became a great debate.
One morning at Wrigley Field before a game against the White Sox, it set off manager Lou Piniella, who blasted broadcaster Steve Stone during his Im not a damn dummy rant.
Piniella also called out certain members of the media: The same way that I get called ridiculous, theyre ridiculous in the way they report things.
Colvin was always the calm at the center of the storm, keeping his thoughts private. He kind of shook his head when a reporter mentioned the Three Cs marketing pitch the Cubs built around Colvin, Cashner and Starlin Castro last offseason. They never asked for that.
Colvin also didnt seize the job when the Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome last July, hitting .189 in the seasons second half.
When it was suggested that Colvins athleticism would play well across the wide gaps at Coors Field, he ran with the question for a moment before stopping himself.
Lets not get ahead of everything, Colvin said. Lets make the team first.