The Boston Red Sox dugout had to figure it was just one of those plays. You look up, the light gets in your eyes, you lose the ball, the other team gets a hit. It’s not a desirable outcome, but it’s nothing that should ruin your day. Then Brock Holt arrived and reminded everyone that an athletic center fielder can make up for plenty of negligible mistakes in the outfield.
Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes stood and waited for a pop fly, seemingly losing it in the lights of Fenway. Just when we were all certain he’d lost the ball, in flew youngster Brock Holt to save the day.
The best part about this play is the way Holt just seems to come out of nowhere. When you watch it a second time, you catch Holt sprinting just after the ball’s hit. Holt never lost sight of the hit and he never stopped sprinting and he still needed every inch of that run so he could fully extend and snag that pop fly while Gomes stood by unphased throughout the whole ordeal.
Check it out.
The only Red Sox player who appeared on the verge of losing his cool was the pitcher, Jon Lester, who looks on with that “You gotta be kidding me” face right up to the point where Holt jogs back with the ball still in his glove. As if he couldn’t even believe Holt had just snagged that until he saw the ball.
Brock Holt, we know this isn’t your first sweet moment in the bigs, but in case no one said it last time, allow us to say Welcome to the Big Leagues.