The versatile Brock Holt has rocked the world since he was recalled to the Boston Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 17. That run continued on Tuesday night, where the 25-year-old player played yet another position for the first time in his life while leading the Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
We learned this afternoon that Holt would be playing a position of which he never played before becoming a regular in the Boston lineup. He’s played first base, left field and right field for the first time ever over the last month. He can now cross center field off the bucket list.
And he didn’t have a quiet night out in center either.
In the third inning of the game, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit a fly ball out to left center, a ball Jonny Gomes completely lost track of, as if the game was a Minnesota home game at the late great Metrodome as opposed to the Sox hosting the game at Fenway Park. It looked like the ball would drop in somewhere and Dozier would find himself on second or third base with a two-out extra-base hit.
That was when Holt came flying in out of nowhere, reeling the ball before doing a front flip, holding onto the ball and retiring the side in the process. The Red Sox left the top of the third unscathed.
Holt then led off the bottom of the third with a loud double off the top of the Green Monster, before stealing third base on the first pitch of the at-bat of Xander Bogaerts, who followed Holt in the order. Bogaerts then hit a fly ball out to center field, deep enough for Holt to tag and score. It was the second time he crossed the dish, scoring what proved to be the winning run.
A sequence that lasted three batters, it proved the difference in the game, as well as summing up what Holt has meant to this team in his time in the majors. And that is a spark plug, a guy who injects energy into the ball club — a guy who makes plays.
To put it simply — he’s a baseball player.
Is he a .339 hitter, as he’s been in 25 games since taking the top spot in the order on May 23? Likely not. The jury is even still out on whether he’s a viable leadoff hitter, despite his run over the past three weeks.
But there’s no doubt that the kid can flat-out play.