Mike Olt


FORT MYERS — To say goodbye to his mother, Beverly — and to hear her say goodbye back — made this year’s departure for spring training a special moment for Mike Olt.

A February signing by the Red Sox, the onetime top prospect who has played 135 games over portions of three injury-marred major league seasons reported to spring training at JetBlue Park last week hoping to make a comeback that doesn’t compare in difficulty to the one made by his mother the 12 months.

Last offseason, his mother suffered a brain aneurysm, the ballooning of a blood vessel in the brain that can be life-threatening.

“She had a very slim chance of making it for a long time,” said Olt, 28, a former UConn standout and first-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2010. “It was a constant battle. It brought our family a lot closer. Everyone had to come together to stay strong.”

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To survive a brain aneurysm is a miracle. Beverly is very blessed to have survived through such a serious and frightening health scare. The great one above wanted to make sure she would be around to see her son make it to the World Series!!! Wishing her and the Olt family many years of good health and happiness! Good luck

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