Brock Holt remains the king of Red Sox Nation
Spring training may be delayed for the league thanks to the lockout but one player sure isn’t wasting any time getting ready for the 2022 regular season. Brock Holt is easily one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Red Sox uniform, and even though he’s no longer with the team, his latest Instagram post will only add to that love from the fans.
Brock is currently a free agent and hasn’t been with the Red Sox since the 2019 season. Even though he no longer calls Boston home, I think it’s safe to say none of us will ever look at him as if he isn’t a part of this organization. Look no further than his return to Fenway Park this past season and the massive ovation he received from the fans.
We’ve seen players from all over the league preparing in any way they possibly can for the eventual start of spring training, but I don’t think anyone can match Holt’s efforts. Anyone that’s followed him knows how much he loves his family and especially playing baseball with his son Griff. The little slugger is already on the board to be drafted by Boston as soon as he’s ready to make the leap to The Show.
The Instagram post shows the pair hanging out at the ballfield while Griff works on his defense and then smacks a laser for what clearly would be extra bases. There hasn’t been much, if anything, to get excited about this offseason but this at least gives us something to smile about as baseball continues to break our hearts.
Now, this isn’t the first time Brock has tugged at the heartstrings of Red Sox Nation, hell, it wasn’t even the first time this winter! A few short weeks ago he once again took to his Instagram to post a picture that made every member of this fanbase smile and shed a tear at the same time. It was a shot of the “Killer B’s,” Brock, Andrew Benintendi, and Mookie Betts. In a perfect world, all three would still be with this team but sadly that’s not the case.
In his seven seasons with the Red Sox, Brock slashed an impressive .270/.340/.374 with 23 homers, 106 doubles, and 203 RBI. I say it’s impressive as for most of his time in Boston he was a utilityman and never held an everyday position in the lineup. Oh yeah, let’s not forget that he’s the only, that’s right, THE ONLY player to ever hit for the cycle in the Postseason. The fact that he did it at Yankee Stadium only makes the feat that much sweeter.
He never shied away from his feelings about leaving the club as he always wanted to stay here and play his career out at Fenway Park. I don’t think I’m the only one that hopes he one day returns to the organization in some sort of role, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens. His work with the Jimmy Fund among many other charitable efforts should earn him a key to the city and free drinks for life.
Brock Holt will never be on anyone’s list of the greatest players alive but he sure as hell is one of the greatest humans alive. Always ready to have fun, boost up his teammates, and share adorable candids of his family. We should all be thankful that the Brock Star is in our lives, not just for what he does on the field, but more so for what he does off of it.