Former UConn baseball standout Mike Olt made his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers Thursday.
Technically, it was game 104 of the 2012 season for the Texas Rangers. An early August get-together against the AL West rival Angels. Nothing out of the ordinary for most of the players involved. The obvious exception: Ryan Dempster, just acquired from Chicago. Less obvious but more important for our purposes here: Michael Olt, the former UConn third basemen who made his Major League debut Thursday night where he collected his first Big League hit in his first Big League at-bat, a single off C.J. Wilson.
"It was something I'll never forget," Olt said according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett. "It was an unreal experience. I had some nerves going to the plate, but once I got in the box I forgot about all that and was able to get a good pitch to hit."
Olt's family got to enjoy the experience too. Details via Durrett:
Olt's parents sat on the front row in the owner's box, just a few seats down from Rangers CEO and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. They watched as Olt didn't waste any time getting his first big league hit, stroking a single to left on a second-pitch cutter from C.J. Wilson. He finished the game 1-for-3.
Olt, who was called up from Double-A Frisco where he led the league in home runs (28), slugging percentage (.579) and OPS (.977), sounded humbled by the opportunity.
"To be a part of this team is something really special," he said. "That's why I'm happy I'm still here. I'm going to learn so much being around these guys. Even today's game, I had a little inexperience at first base with a bunt play. They picked me up. To have that there and have a connection with a bunch of guys from spring training helps."