Brock Holt is enjoying his first All-Star Game experience. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Brock Holt having 'a lot of fun' soaking in first All-Star experience

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2015 - 2:05 pm
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CINCINNATI -- For Red Sox All-Star representative Brock Holt, this past week has been the most attention he's ever received playing baseball. Holt, a naturally humble, laid-back guy, is soaking it all in and enjoying every second. "It's been a lot of fun," Holt said. "Great experience, just like everyone else told me. There's a lot of stuff going on, but a good experience for everyone. I know my wife has had a good time and my family and her family -- we all got to spend some good time with each other and we've all enjoyed each other. It's been fun." Holt said American League manager Ned Yost said Monday to take fly balls in left field, so he is "using context clues" to guess that is where he will play. The Red Sox utility man said he got nine tickets for his wife, his mom, dad and sister and then his wife's mom, dad and two brothers, as well as his agent. He also said his high school coach and his wife as well as their son are coming, along with his class-A host family. The 27-year-old is also making sure he gets plenty of things to take home, adding he's collected a lot of "cool" stuff, including two jerseys (one American League All-Star and one Red Sox) signed by the entire team. He's been able to soak in the whole experience, seeing players he grew up watching. "Obviously Ken Griffey Jr. threw out the first pitch last night," Holt said. "He was one of my favorite players growing up. I didn't get a chance to meet him, but I met him before in Tampa, he was there once before. Obviously, him and my wife sent me a text and said if I see Pete Rose I need to get her an autograph of him. I guess I will try and find him, see where he's at." Growing up he always watched the Home Run Derby more than the actual game, so Monday night being on the field was a huge thrill. "It was a lot of fun," Holt said. "A different perspective, I've always just watched it on TV. It was pretty cool being down there and seeing how far some of those balls got hit." Like many other people, he approves of the new format. "You don't see guys taking pitches," Holt said. "They were swinging, seeing how many home runs there could hit. I'm sure those guys were pretty winded by the end. Four minutes is kind of long to be swinging a bat, but I liked it a lot more." While Holt isn't one to focus on himself, All-Star teammate and Orioles reliever Zach Britton knows just how good Holt is. At the break, Holt has a slash line of .292/.379/.412. "We do scouting reports on every hitter when they come in and Brock was a guy, in those meetings, you can overlook guys like that all the time," Britton said. "We took notice of him right away. He's always had good at-bats against us and actually, he was one guy that's done big damage against us in games and won some games for Boston. We understand he's a really good hitter and have to pitch him just like he's one of their best guys in their lineup. And if you don't, he's going to beat you. "I tip my hat to him because he's a guy that's kind of gone overlooked a little bit with [Xander] Bogaerts and Mookie Betts. As an opposing pitcher, I don't want to face him any more than I want to face those guys." Likely not going to play a major role in the game, Holt is taking the whole experience in and as only an All-Star like Holt would say, trying to stay out of everybody's way. "I've been trying to make my rounds a little bit, also try and stay out of everyone's way too," Holt said. "Just out in the outfield taking to certain guys -- Chris Sale is my locker mate. I told him how much I don't like facing him. It's been fun to get to know some of the guys outside of playing against them."

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