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Mike Olt ready, excited for opportunity with White Sox

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Mike Olt ready, excited for opportunity with White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Olt chose to stay ready in case the phone rang rather than focus on his uncertain future.

Instead of coming in cold, the newest member of the White Sox said Sunday he has a sense of feeling prepared despite a week-long layoff between games. Olt -- who was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Monday and claimed by the White Sox on Saturday -- opted to stay with Triple-A Iowa and work out in the interim. His decision would seem to have paid quick dividends as White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t hesitate to start Olt in Sunday’s series finale against the Kansas City Royals.

“I never really thought about (my future),” Olt said. “I didn’t want to think about it. I just wanted to stay focused on staying ready and being prepared so when I did get a chance, if it happened, I wanted to be ready to at least take advantage of it.”

Olt -- who had a .265/.333/.460 slash line with nine homers and 25 RBIs in 59 games at Iowa -- last appeared in a game on Aug. 29 two days before he was DFA’d. But instead of heading home for the offseason, Olt asked if he could remain with the team, which had just opened a five-game series at Oklahoma City. He was granted permission and worked out as much as he could, staying with the team as it traveled to Round Rock, Texas on Friday. Olt said he received news of the White Sox claim on Saturday and made the quick flight to Kansas City.

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“He says he’s ready to go, so we’re going to find out and put him out there,” Ventura said. “It brings an extra dimension to our lineup. Lately, we’ve been hitting some homers. I don’t know if they knew he was coming, but we’ll see if he can add to it.

“Everybody is a little different. It’s something with his work ethic and everything else he’s got going. That’s a good sign. It paid off for him because he kept working out and he’s ready to go.”

The White Sox are still in search of a long-term answer at third base and Olt -- who has 83 homers in the minors -- will get a look. He’s appreciative for the opportunity and ready to get going.

“I’ve had kind of a crazy career and the one thing about it, everything happens for a reason,” Olt said. “I’m excited to get another opportunity here and try to take advantage of it and just excited to get going.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list