Tyler Colvin returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since the Cubs traded their former first-round draft pick from 2006 along with D.J. LeMahieu to the Rockies for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers last December. Once thought to be a potential building block for the future, Colvin hit just .150 in 80 games for the Cubs last season.
"I'm on the other side," Colvin said before Friday's game. "It will definitely be different. On the other hand, I'm excited to be here and play in front of these fans again. It will be a good experience for me to be on the other side and see what it's like."
The change of scenary seems to have helped Colvin, who is hitting .294 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI this year. He has 16 hits in 25 starts so far this month.
"It puts some fresh ideas in your head," he said. "You can start with a clean slate. When I got traded that's the first thing they told me: 'Let's go back to work and get back to the guy you are.' It really helped out."