The Boston Red Sox were routing the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series when the ninth inning rolled around.
Boston’s Brock Holt was bouncing around the dugout, yelling at teammates to allow him one more time at bat. Brock was almost begging one of the hitters before him to reach base so he could have one more at bat in his quest to hit for the cycle.
The Yankees had backup catcher Austin Romine pitching in the ninth and no one was more aware than Holt himself that all he needed was a home run to complete the cycle, but he was not due to bat until fourth in the inning.
Holt was yelling from the dugout for his teammates to get on base and they did not let him down. With two outs, infielder Ian Kinsler walked giving Holt his final chance as hitting for the cycle.
On the first pitch thrown to Holt by Romine, the Boston infielder swung with an idea of hitting a home run, something he later said was the first time he has done that in his pro career, and sent the ball over the right-field fence for a two-run home run.
Holt became the first player in the Major League Baseball postseason history to hit for the cycle. He ended the game 4-for6 with five RBIs and three runs score. The 16-1 win by Boston gave them a 2-1 lead in the best of five ALDS.
After playing in the All-Star Game in 2015 for Boston, Holt played in only 158 games over the next two seasons battling a concussion followed by vertigo, then injuries to his ankle, shoulder and oblique.
With those injuries came a drop in production and a diminished role on the team. In April, he became the team’s bench bat that was capable of playing any of the four infield positions. During the regular season he played in 109 games and batted .277.
Following the game, Holt said being able to hit for the cycle on such a big stage as the MLB postseason and at Yankee Stadium was very special, but there is still much to be done by the team in the playoffs.