5/20/2014 7:46 P.M. ET
Connecticut native Olt excited to face Yankees
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- When Mike Olt was growing up in New Haven, Conn., he found a way to get to Yankee Stadium.
Olt, now third baseman for the Cubs, said they would go at least once a month to see the Yankees. A friend of his family was able to get front row seats.
"We'd skip school to go," Olt said. "Whenever we could, we'd try to get down there."
This started when he was 5 years old, so Olt, 25, has seen some pretty good baseball.
"I saw a lot of playoff games," he said. "It was fun to watch."
And now, Olt was starting against the Yankees on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. It's a little surreal.
"You still have to pinch yourself when you're playing guys like that, guys you've looked up to your whole career," he said.
What is it about the Yankee pinstripes?
"Tradition," he said. "It's definitely similar to the Cubs, tons of tradition. The Yankees take a lot of pride in the way they play the game, and a lot of teams try to build like they do."
Cubs give Jeter No. 2 from Wrigley scoreboard
CHICAGO -- Derek Jeter had a chance to chat with Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks, and received a No. 2 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard as a gift from the Cubs in pregame ceremonies Tuesday honoring the Yankees superstar.
"It's unexpected," Jeter said of the response from teams and fans in his final season. "I never expected anyone to do anything, so it's much appreciated. For the most part, the fans have always treated me good. This year, it feels good when you're appreciated."
Jeter, 39, said he's talked with Banks, 83, a few times.
"He treated me well when I was first coming up," Jeter said of Mr. Cub. "You always remember how someone makes you feel when you first meet them. I've always appreciated how he treated me."
Starlin Castro presented Jeter with the No. 2 at home plate prior to the series opener. Cubs players applauded, and fans gave Jeter a standing ovation.
The two shortstops talked briefly.
"He told me to keep playing hard and said I'm fun to watch," Castro said. "I said, 'Thank you.' You feel good when great people like that tell you that."
Cubs manager Rick Renteria saluted Jeter when asked about the shortstop.
"[He's the] ultimate, consummate professional," Renteria said. "Always solid preparation. I think of solid mindset. He's stuck around the league for a long time, and a Hall of Famer, obviously. He's been gifted with probably a great mind, great sense of the game, great work ethic, and those are things we see from the outside."
This was only Jeter's fourth game at Wrigley Field, and he may be OK with saying goodbye. He began the day 2-for-11 with three walks. Tuesday was the first of six straight games in Chicago for the Yankees, who next will play the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, starting Thursday.
"I like Chicago," Jeter said. "I've always enjoyed coming here. Besides baseball, my family used to come here on vacation when I was growing up, so I enjoy Chicago."
However, the visitor's clubhouse is tight compared to the new Yankee Stadium, and the dugouts are cramped.
"I like the history of the game," Jeter said. "Obviously, we get spoiled at home, the size of the clubhouse and all the amenities that are in the stadium. I'm a baseball historian, so I appreciate the fact that there's a lot of history that comes along with this ballpark. I'm happy that I get an opportunity to be here."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Jeter deserves the ovations he's received on the road.
"I think he's been a great ambassador for the game, and you hope that someone picks up the torch when he hands it off after this season," Girardi said. "The way he's been treated in each ballpark has been really nice, and I think when you see how he's treated in every ballpark, you don't forget how wonderful for the game he has been over the 19 years or whatever it's been. You really appreciate him."
• Castro would love to have the same type of career as Jeter.
"I've heard that from some guys," Jeter said Tuesday. "A lot of the shortstops come up who wore No. 2, I've met them and they said they've been fans. ... I haven't seen Castro play a lot. I don't watch the National League teams much. But the times that I have, I've seen he has a lot of talent. He's played well already up to this point. I think he's only going to get better. I wish him all the luck."
• On May 6, Cubs Charities teamed up with Advocate Health Care to "PINK OUT" the Budweiser Bleachers for the Cubs' game against the White Sox. Each fan sitting in the bleachers received a pink "Save 2nd Base" T-shirt in honor of moms and women who are breast cancer survivors. It was a visual reminder to focus on breast health and prevention through mammograms.
Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle and donations for pink hats that day raised $7,000, which will be used to fund mammograms for uninsured and under-insured women through Advocate Charitable Foundation.
Team wives such as Lindsay Barney, Erika Jackson, Kate Schierholtz, Brittany Wood and others participated by passing out the shirts at the bleacher entrance.
• Justin Ruggiano, sidelined with a left hamstring strain, began his rehab on Monday with Triple-A Iowa and went 2-for-3. Renteria said there was not a prescribed number of at-bats that Ruggiano needs before he is activated. The outfielder is responding well to drills, Renteria said.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.