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July 13, 2014

Brock Star: Rookie Holt a fan favorite on the field but anonymous off it

Red Sox rookie adored on the field, still anonymous off it

BOSTON — Brock Holt No. 26 T-shirts are being sold at the Yawkey Way Store and fans are buying them. But apparently, nobody on Yawkey Way recognizes Brock Holt when he walks by.

“I walked over to the team store the other day and was walking around and not one person (noticed),” he said. “I fly under the radar and I love it.”

OK, so here’s a helpful tip: If the person standing beside you is 5-10, 180 pounds, wears a backwards camouflage baseball cap, has a facial resemblance to Cambridge native Matt Damon and talks like a Texan, then you might be in the presence one of the few bright spots in a disappointing season.

The 26-year-old leadoff hitter entered yesterday batting .309 with a .356 on-base percentage. He stroked a walkoff single Wednesday to beat the White Sox 5-4. It was dubbed “a brockoff win.”

Here are 12 things you need to know about Boston’s biggest “Brock Star.”

1. The Stephenville (Texas) High grad was one of 46,581 fans in attendance July 28, 1994 at The Ballpark in Arlington to see Kenny Rogers’ perfect game against the Angels, which took just 2:08.

Holt, who was only 6, attended the game with his dad, Joel.

“Rusty Greer became one of my favorites because I remember he made two diving catches in the outfield to save the perfect game,” Holt said.

2. Holt’s wife, Lakyn, and her family are from Punxsutawney, Pa., the home of Punxsutawney Phil, who determines every Feb. 2 (Groundhog Day) how much longer winter will be.

“I’ve never been there for Groundhog Day,” Holt said. “I’ve got that on my list of things to do.”

3. Holt met his wife when she was an intern with the Altoona (Pa.) Curve, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was playing for the Curve. Holt was traded to the Red Sox along with pitcher Joel Hanrahan on Dec. 26, 2012.

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