For Matt Skole, the phrase "better late than never" could not be more relevant.
Skole, 28, made his MLB debut Monday after exactly 2,500 career at-bats in the minor leagues. The White Sox called him up from Triple-A Charlotte after placing slugger Matt Davidson on the disabled list.
Skole rewarded the White Sox for the opportunity almost instantly. Starting at first base and hitting fifth, Skole not only hit a single on the first pitch he saw in the MLB, but he also hit a home run his second time up.
Skole's extensive minor league career dates back to 2011. Despite the long wait to make his MLB debut, he made some history Monday, according to NBC Sports Chicago's Chris Kamka.
Matt Skole (age 28 y, 302 d) is oldest #WhiteSox player to get a hit in his MLB Debut since Buddy Peterson (30 y, 144 d) 9/14/1955 (gm 1 of DH)— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 28, 2018
Skole went 2-for-3 with a single, home run and a walk in four MLB plate appearences. While the White Sox lost 9-6, Skole surely will remember this day for a long time, no matter how long he had to wait.