Sunday, July 8, 2012
Mike Olt, Jurickson Profar enjoy Futures Game
By Richard Durrett
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jurickson Profar has pitched in the Little League World Series and was even in the All-Star Futures Game last year. But he admitted that Sunday's Futures Game, which included a solo home run in the first, was one of the highlights of his baseball career.
"It was fun," Profar said. "It was about what I expected and to hit a home run was nice. To play with some great players and against great players was fun."
Profar hit a 1-2 change-up down the right-field line for a 314-foot home run to give the World Team a 1-0 lead. It wouldn't end up holding the lead, falling 17-5 to the U.S. team.
Profar hit the home run from the left side and then singled from the right. The switch-hitter was 2-for-3, and if you include his pinch-hit triple from last year, he is a double shy of a Futures Game career cycle.
"I tried, but I hit it right to the right fielder," Profar said of his final at-bat.
Profar was lifted midway through the game to give other players a chance. But Olt, the starting third baseman for the U.S., played the entire game, including the final half at first base. Olt was 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI double in the nine-run sixth for the U.S.
"My first at-bat, I just was too amped up and finally my second at-bat, I felt back to being myself and to get the double in my third at-bat was great. I was happy," Olt said.
Olt said he was glad to get some time at first base in the game.
"I’ve still only played (first base) six times so I still have some work to do but definitely feel a lot more comfortable over there as time goes on," Olt said.
Olt had some fans and media members wondering why he chose "Call Me Maybe" as his walk-up song.
"I picked it one time to get me out of a slump in Frisco," Olt said. "I got the haircut that got me out of it and the 'Call Me Maybe,' and the next thing you know, that’s coming on with 40,000 fans. I didn’t see that happening."
Olt said he might have to keep the song now.