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The Bradfo Show: Talking hitting leadoff with Brock Holt

Jul 22, 2014|

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.

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It's nice easy and. -- things that interest. So I wish my -- it's. Just sit there and still. Episode of this and to be who would win and show. -- Welcome to another edition of -- those shows sponsored -- always my goals distinctive clothing you know publicly deterrent. Through the finest institutions you'll find on this planet. Today's guest is Brock hole lead -- hitter for the Boston Red Sox. And you'll be -- -- -- about leading off for the Boston Red Sox nobody has done it better. In the entire major leagues since poll started this position for the Red Sox back on May 23. You talking about heading into Tuesday night 480. Innings. That 53 games as the leadoff hitter for the reds -- nobody is more heads 77 total heads. At the top of the order for Brock called this is the guy who's done it throughout his life. Throughout his career but just get a chance to do right now and made them all important switch something the Red Sox desperately needed when Jacoby Ellsbury laughter. So here's that is podcast solely talking about. What it takes to be a lead off hitter. Brought -- they were brought colts. Leadoff -- The Boston Red Sox. Just a few at bats away from qualifying. For Major League Baseball status for batting average champs so obviously that's right -- the corner regulations on that product. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- So oil or -- feel about this -- leading off and your experiences leading off obviously you as leadoff hitter for this team has been hugely valuable. Com I it's gonna go back to win the first time you served as a leadoff hitter whether it could have been a Little League could have been high school one was the first time. Com. I -- sure I did summons and you know while younger in the league but. You know coming up thought really ever done -- -- -- in high school. For four years. Dating college. I'm inundated that in smiling so some them through the you know -- used to and comfortable. In that position. So a lot of times players adjusted there hitting styles to where there in the order some some guys try not to. Leadoff hitter having done it before when they get when you put into this spot. Did you look at it any differently than being in any other part of Lima -- or suggest I'm just gonna keep approaching the way it. Yeah it was it was pretty much keep sane approach. You know on you know I don't try to do more than -- him from doing you know at the plate on -- Trying to get innings of positioning it in and look for good pitcher out of play and put -- it's going on and you know whenever they told me that -- can hit the off. Tom you know and knew that I was gonna change you know who was and had been hidden in the you know 789 hole in the bottom of the order vote. You know it's going to be the same syndicator. You know up with a with a leadoff spot this first at bat. You know this is more than eighteen you wanna see some pitches but -- I'm an awesome awesome ready to hit. You know look for good pitch to hit. So it's just you know after that I mean after you first about -- pretty much just another another guy and Carolina so you know my job it's that. You know get a good pitch to hit and and try to get on base anyway candidate -- that the gas -- I mean. In the bottom line is that you get to be up. More than anybody else -- this as a baseball player that's less frequently -- Yeah I mean it's fun yet but it's fun you know. -- -- six at bats last night so you know you don't you know and get sick at bats two off deal but because guys bonding between the baton. Just fortunate to get them in -- but. Yeah I mean that you in the office is something I'll always done and you know it's a spot that -- comfortable and in you know it's its work and so far. Who was when you release and you used was leadoff hitter early on your career early on your wife who was the guy who is a guy that you tried to emulate. -- I know when I'm young. Jerry Remy less socially popular and sailors what a drag on like -- was -- guys that you looked at today as the guy wannabe. IE I emulated a lot of different guys -- -- -- come and it was always my favorite player at the time. And -- will Clark at one point so liked him. Or number 291 year because I like rusty Greer. Com. Yet you know I I switched all the time. Senior PG apparently in obviously. Every kid my age did. But you guys just trying to not fair player -- I never like looked at who you know in the office on -- -- this. Whoever -- not fair player it's time it's it's kind of electric did try to be like do you were rangers' Derek yeah how big range guy and that's -- mentioned will Clark and rusty Greer. And the reason -- like restaurants so much sees he's an. He's ball player you know monument that went to a he Rogers for regain and he threw an interesting period made a couple of time plays out of -- -- perfect games so he can't he can't climb to top my list that point. Now it's like will Clark like Raphael Palmeiro like. Yeah I got an analyst with old Rangers. It was the so who was the lead off to its teams in -- So all so for some reason Allison Gary pettis -- tackled it. These are with the win you obviously when you're leaving -- you're you're. When you're young -- I can get on base but more importantly I can appeal likely he Anderson I still paces and and -- was -- here was her time. In your career where you said OK I think I can be at the equivalent of fifty stolen base I can again can be. A legitimate stolen base at a popular. You know how little lie and didn't think things like you know applause. Lines united -- You know they. Drive me you know listen thinking like -- is going out playing baseball. But I don't think there's there's not. You instill faith and it's. You know and Stallone too many. In -- careers something that you know I'm like you know the team better Q were. He is that. In some spots on. -- -- -- that are what was your sense of adrenaline when John told you you'd be the leader America. And I don't I don't know I mean nothing -- -- you know. We -- in Tampa and you know he said hey you know we're concerned in the off and something. Com you know I'd been hidden -- they order some Alice you're excited about it obviously it's some house used. So he knows. You know is good news. And Wednesday they X. You know there's any changes in -- -- Notes in the race for the games just that would close that. It was a pitcher's pitch you different. On. I have noticed big change. On last night you know everything in. In. It. It. You know. It's just in my approach regardless -- -- me. Still with her the truth for -- Trip ribeiro. Question was the cool thing about being leadoff hitter for the Boston Red Sox. There's a lot of cool things. What you eat buffet or free anybody be pretty cool but you know being on this team this is pretty special. And last -- you know we had driven them. Big Papi twice and went to his home on a boat this homers so I think most people say that's pretty cool. And you -- you're at home anyway you get yours -- up music before anybody else so first. Time yet for a while that music so. That that starting pitcher that they've. The and you you argue that the -- here mile walk that he's. More more than most most guys a lot of pressure Europe averages song and a -- that Obama will not take this country the -- thanks.

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