Holt steals the show once again for Sox

Holt steals the show once again for Sox
June 14, 2014, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON - It's getting to the point now where it's news if Brock Holt doesn't do something.

Seriously, what position will this kid successfully play next? Heck, throw him on the USMNT for the World Cup and see what happens - I heard their chances of winning are currently "unrealistic". Perhaps Holt can fix that, too.

But for Saturday anyways, Holt played baseball, and once again played it well. He made his debut in right field and looked like he had been playing it for years despite the fact he hasn't stood around out there since Little League.

Holt's first big test came in the 2nd inning, when he fired in a Nick Swisher double off the right field wall that held up Jason Kipnis at third base.

"He's done a very good job," John Farrell said. "He shows good range. He went into right-center field for a couple of putouts. I think more importantly was the ball he cut off down in the corner to keep them from scoring. Typically that ball gets by, the guy's going to score from first base."

In the third inning, Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to deep right field, and although Michael Bourn scored on the play, it was Holt's strong cutoff throw that eventually allowed the Sox to nail Cabrera trying to stretch it to a triple. He was credited for an assist on the play. Go figure.

Just another day at the ballpark for Holt, who was asked if there was anything about playing right field that surprised him.

"Not really," he said. "I mean there's just more space to cover out there. Today there was a pretty tough sun, too. Other than that, pretty much the same. Fly ball, go catch it. Get the ball in to the infielder. Keep guys to bases."

Fly ball. Go catch it. Sounds pretty simple. But Holt makes it look that way, despite having just as much experience in right field as the guy double fisting Fenway Franks a few rows back.

But aren't there any nerves involved in playing a position for the first time - and at the Major League level to boot?

"Not too much. Just kind of like I said, taking it day by day," Holt said. "I've kind of been put into positions where I'm not comfortable with, but I try to look at it as a new challenge and just try to go out and have fun with it."

Holt didn't just impress in the field. Holt also did his thing at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. It's his fifth multi-hit game in the last eight games and 14th overall this year.

In the 5th inning, he took off for second base a bit early and was going to be caught at second base with a clean throw from first by Carlos Santana.

Of course, the throw was off, Holt was safe, and the world kept on turning.

Brock Holt's world, that is.