ARLINGTON, Texas Mike Olt seemed surprised to turn his locker chair around Saturday night and see about 10 media members waiting to get his thoughts on his first-career walk-off hit.
The Texas Rangers rookie infielder capitalized on a pinch-hit opportunity in the ninth inning, singling home Nelson Cruz to earn a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Olt appeared calm afterward, not certain if he even tagged first base and not concerned if he would receive the ball as a souvenir.
"If it ends up in my locker I'm not going to say anything, but hopefully there will be more balls like that," Olt said.
"To get in there and perform, it's a good feeling," he added. "I've had some bumps along the road and this is going to help me settle in and just be relaxed and play baseball."
Rangers manager Ron Washington prefers using the 23-year-old right-handed hitter against lefties, so Tigers left-hander Phil Coke presented the perfect opportunity for a chance to pinch-hit.
"He went up there a...