Brock Holt stands alone.
The 30-year-old Boston Red Sox utility player made history on Monday, recording the first cycle in Major League Baseball playoff history during a 16-1 drubbing of the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
After “Brock Star” cemented his place in the history books, he received overwhelming praise from his teammates, his coaching staff, and Red Sox fans, while also revealing that he actually questioned his spot in the lineup before the game.
Here are some of the most notable things Holt and others had to say about Monday’s accomplishment:
Quotes courtesy: ASAP Sports, MLB.com, Boston.com, WEEI.com
“Are you sure?”
During a press conference following the game, Holt said he questioned manager Alex Cora’s decision to play him against Yankees starter Luis Severino. Entering Monday, Holt was 0-for-8 against the right-hander this season.
I found out last night. A.C. sent me a text and said I’m playing somewhere tomorrow. He said either first base or second base. I knew I was going to be in here. I don’t have very good numbers against Severino, so I told – I sent him a text, and I said, ‘Are you sure?’
Yeah, A.C. does a good job of letting the guys that don’t play every day, letting us know when we’re playing so we can kind of mentally prepare in that way. That makes a huge difference, knowing that you’re going to be in the game. – Holt
“Get me up. I need a homer.”
The game was long over before Holt capped his cycle with a homer in the ninth, but he knew what was on the line.
I mean, usually when stuff like that’s going on, you don’t really talk about it. Everybody knows, but they don’t talk about it. Brock is going around, ‘Get me up. I need a homer.’ He wasn’t shy about it. Everybody was rooting for him. – Andrew Benintendi
“I was trying to hit a home run.”
With the Red Sox holding a 13-run lead entering the ninth, Holt was scheduled to hit fourth. Ian Kinsler worked a two-out walk and Holt (a homer short of the cycle) was presented with a gift. Catcher Austin Romine was on the hill for the Yankees, who were trying to preserve their bullpen.
I knew I needed a home run. I saw Romine was on the mound. So you get a little antsy when a position player is on the mound. I told everyone, Get me up. I need a home run for a cycle. I was going to try to hit a home run, but I figured I’d ground out to first, be out in front of something.
But I scooted up in the box a little bit, and I was going to be swinging at anything and try to hook anything. Obviously, you don’t expect to hit a home run, but I was trying to. I was trying to hit a home run. That’s probably the first time I’ve ever tried to do that. I rounded the bases, and seeing everyone going nuts in the dugout was a pretty cool moment for me. – Holt
“Brock’s the man”
Overall, the admiration for the diminutive utility player, whose struggles with injuries limited him to just 64 games last season, was overwhelming.
“It was awesome. The type of guy he is, this is the guy you pull for. He’s a grinder. Everyone in the dugout was pumped for him. It was awesome seeing that smile on his face as he rounded the bases.” – Steve Pearce
“Tonight was a great night for him.” – Cora
“He plays every position and just finds a way to get on the field and he shows you why he belongs on the field by doing stuff like that today. I’m super happy for him. It’s a first that’s going to definitely be tough to beat. I’m not sure what those odds are, but whoever got it is a rich man for sure.” – Mookie Betts
“Brock’s the man.” – Jackie Bradley Jr.
“Yeah, this one I’ll remember for a long time.” – Holt