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Brock Holt on first postseason cycle in baseball history: 'This one I'll remember for a long time'

John Tomase
October 08, 2018 - 11:34 pm

Babe Ruth never did it. Ted Williams never did it. Neither did Mickey Mantle, David Ortiz, Joe Morgan, Derek Jeter, or Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson.

Brock Holt? Well that's another story.

On Monday night, the Red Sox demolished the Yankees, 16-1, to win Game 3 of the American League Division Series. As if the margin of victory wasn't historic enough, real history was made when Holt lined a pitch from catcher (it was that kind of night) Austin Romine into the left field seats in the ninth inning for a two-run homer that completed the first cycle in postseason history.

"This one I'll remember for a long time," Holt told reporters. "Obviously, you don't go into the game expecting to make history or do anything like that, but let alone score 16 runs against a good New York Yankee team. So it was a good night overall for everyone. Like I said, this is one I'll remember for a long time, and hopefully we can carry this over into tomorrow."

Holt singled and tripled as part of a seven-run fourth, added a ground-rule double in the eighth, and completed the second cycle of his career with the home run in the ninth. All told, he went 4-for-6 with five RBIs.

"I knew I needed a home run," Holt said. "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 also hit for the cycle vs. the Braves in 2015. His teammates love him.

"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," Mookie Betts told reporters. "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."