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 residence and hit a house run in the identical recreation throughout Tampa Bay’s 5-0 victory over Boston Red in Recreation 1 of the ALDS in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The swipe marked the primary steal of residence in a playoff recreation since 2016, when Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez pulled off the feat within the 2016 NLCS and the primary straight steal of residence in a playoff recreation since Jackie Robinson’s towards Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees in 1955.
“I seen the pitcher sort of wasn’t conserving consideration to me. I used to be in a position to take a sufficiently big lead and take that base,” Arozarena stated via an interpreter. “That is the primary time I’ve ever stolen residence.”
The 26-year-old outfielder, who continues to be a rookie regardless of setting postseason information with 10 homers and 29 hits in 20 video games throughout the 2020 playoffs, stole residence towards Boston reliever Josh Taylor to make the rating 5-0 within the seventh inning after drawing a stroll.
Rays supervisor Kevin Money stated that Arozarena had been asking him about stealing residence for weeks. Throughout the 2020 World Collection, Rays outfielder Manuel Margot was thrown out when he tried an identical steal off of Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, however Arozarena saved insisting.
“He is requested me all season lengthy, ‘Verde, verde, verde’ — inexperienced gentle,” Money stated. “We lastly gave it to him.”
Arozarena simply beat the throw residence to catcher Christian Vazquez by way of headfirst slide.
Arozarena additionally ranks second for essentially the most residence 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 homers are 5 greater than some other rookie in MLB historical past, with Evan Longoria rating second with six.
When requested about his playoff success, Arozarena stated the stakes of the second create a want to satisfy the second.
“I simply focus slightly bit extra,”Arozarena stated. “Fortunately it is occurring in October, when it means it is nearer to the World Collection.”