Not only was Brock Holt not in the starting lineup, he wasn’t with the team at all.
Well it turns out the utility man had a pretty good reason to be away from the team. According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, Holt left Cleveland on Tuesday before the win after his Navarro College baseball coach, Derwood “Pops” Penney, died at age 78 on Saturday.
Holt honored his late coach with a touching Instagram post:
Holt will re-join the Sox in Boston on Wednesday night and be available for the team’s series opener against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on Friday.
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