Beyond the Monster: Brock Holt Hits for the Cycle in "The Library" Yankee Stadium

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Beyond the Monster is an ongoing series where we take you back in time and look at moments in Red Sox history.

The Red Sox were red hot heading into the 2018 postseason winning 108 regular season games.  They headed into the playoffs with a first-round date with their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees.  The 2018 American League Division Series began in Boston at Fenway Park where both the Red Sox and Yankees split the series with a win a piece.

Game 3 of the ALDS is where a memorable moment in Red Sox and postseason history would take place.  Nathan Eovaldi got the start for The Red Sox and the flame-throwing right-hander was dominant over seven innings, giving up five hits while striking out five.  Eovaldi wasn't the only hero that night; Brock Holt led the Boston offense and hit for the cycle in a 16-1 rout of the Bronx Bombers.

A Postseason First

Throughout his career in Boston, Holt had been an unlikely hero for the Red Sox.  Prior to getting the start in Game 3, Holt hadn't played in the previous two of the series and over the last week.  The Red Sox were in search of offense and a jolt in the lineup, and Manager Alex Cora penciled Holt in against Luis Severino. 

Cora inserted Holt seventh in the lineup and it paid off.  He went 4-6, with three runs and five RBIs.  Holt would go on to be the first player in postseason history to hit for the cycle.  Up to that point, there had been 1,562 postseason games played and no other player had completed that feat.  
Dustin Pedroia's Reaction 

This past week, Dustin Pedroia announced his retirement from the game after 14-years with the Red Sox organization.  Following his retirement, he went on Barstool Sports "Section 10 Podcast" to talk about his career and share stories.  Pedroia shared his thoughts on the night Holt went on and hit for the cycle.

      Courtesy of Sporting News
 

New York, New York

Following Game 2 of the ALDS at Fenway Park, the Yankees tied the series with a win over Boston.  The Yankees celebrated by playing Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" in the visitors clubhouse.  Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge played the song on a boombox as he was leaving the clubhouse following the game. 

       Courtesy of every Red Sox fan

Holt's cycle helped lead the Red Sox to a 2-1 series advantage which ultimately led to a Game 3 victory at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox would repay the favor and celebrate at Yankee Stadium paying homage to 'ol Blue Eyes'.

The cycle for Holt catapulted the Red Sox in the series and Boston would finish off the Yankees.  The Red Sox headed to the ALCS and have a date with the Houston Astros.  The ALCS featured many huge moments for the Red Sox, including one with Alex Bregman and Nathan Eovaldi

It's almost time to renew your library cards, the 2021 season is inching closer. 

 

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