Brock Holt is Heading to Milwaukee

I moved past Alex Cora’s departure quickly. I was okay with losing David Price. Mookie’s loss was tough but I’ll get through it. However, what will take me a whole lot longer to get over is the loss of Brock Holt. I’ve known this was a possibility for awhile but I wasn’t ready for the reality of it. When the Red Sox traded away Betts and Price, there was a glimmer of hope that they may be able to resign everyone’s favorite utility man. Unfortunately, the Brewer’s got to him first.

I’ll be the first to admit that the loss of Brock Holt is probably not as monumental as the loss of Mookie Betts. There’s no doubt that he wasn’t as talented as Betts being that he was only a utility man. Last season for the Red Sox, he played in 87 of the 162 games they played with a batting average of .297 with 3 home runs and 31 RBI’s. Though it can be argued that he hasn’t been the same athletically since he was injured in 2017, he was able to be plugged in wherever needed the whole time he was on Boston’s roster.

Despite being an average player, it really isn’t his on field play that fans are going to miss the most about him. What they’re going to miss is who he was off the field. Brock Holt’s greatest accomplishment in his career as a Red Sox was being the Jimmy Fund Captain for five straight years. The work that him and his wife, Lakyn did for the charity was amazing. They helped with the telethon, did many visits to children that were being helped by the charity and even had their own fundraiser last year selling t-shirts with the money going to the Jimmy Fund.

Brock Holt, all in all was one of the most lovable guys on this team. It will be sad not seeing anymore celebratory hugs with JD Martinez when he hits a home run. His personality just brought a different energy to the clubhouse that made the team so likable. It was very obvious to everyone that his teammates and coaches also loved him. Especially considering he made an impact for them, even if he wasn’t actually playing in a game. We can all at least take solace in the fact that he’s going to one of the more likable teams in the MLB and didn’t end up somewhere like the New York Yankees or the newly hated Houston Astros. We will also have the memory of him hitting the only post season cycle in MLB history against the Yankees in 2018. Luckily, we will also still hopefully have his videos of Griff hitting ‘big bombs’ because if he’s a Red Sox or not, there’s no way I will be unfollowing him on social media.

I think I speak for all of Red Sox Nation when I say: Thank you Brock Holt. We are going to miss you!  

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