Randy Arozarena‘s provide of October magic by no means appears to finish.
Arozarena — the main candidate for American League Rookie of the Yr — made historical past Thursday by changing into the primary participant in playoff historical past to steal house and hit a house run in the identical recreation throughout Tampa Bay’s 5-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Sport 1 of the ALDS in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The swipe marked the primary steal of house in a playoff recreation since 2016, when Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez pulled off the feat within the Nationwide League Championship Sequence, and the primary straight steal of house in a playoff recreation since Jackie Robinson’s towards Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees in 1955.
“I observed the pitcher sort of wasn’t holding consideration to me. I used to be capable of take a large enough lead and take that base,” Arozarena mentioned by an interpreter. “That is the primary time I’ve ever stolen house.”
The 26-year-old outfielder, who continues to be a rookie regardless of setting postseason information with 10 house runs and 29 hits in 20 video games throughout the 2020 playoffs, stole house towards Boston reliever Josh Taylor to make the rating 5-Zero within the seventh inning after drawing a stroll.
Rays supervisor Kevin Money mentioned Arozarena had been asking him about stealing house for weeks. In the course of the 2020 World Sequence, Rays outfielder Manuel Margot was thrown out when he tried the same steal off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, however Arozarena stored insisting.
“He is requested me all season lengthy, ‘Verde, verde, verde’ — inexperienced mild,” Money mentioned. “We lastly gave it to him.”
Arozarena simply beat the throw house to catcher Christian Vazquez by way of headfirst slide.
Arozarena ranks second for essentially the most house runs in a 20-game postseason span, tied with Carlos Beltran and Jim Thome with 11 and trailing simply Babe Ruth, who leads with 12. His 11 profession postseason house runs are 5 greater than another rookie in MLB historical past, with Evan Longoria rating second with six.
Requested about his playoff success, Arozarena mentioned the stakes create a need to satisfy the second.
“I simply focus slightly bit extra,” Arozarena mentioned. “Fortunately it is taking place in October, when it means it is nearer to the World Sequence.”