Good morning from the Fort, where the sun has yet to burn off the fog but is getting there, on the last day before the Red Sox begin to play games. Clay Buchholz is throwing his first session of live BP, Felix Doubront will be throwing his first bullpen session, and we’re going to tell you about the best baseball name in camp. Say it out loud: Brock Holt. He’d have fit right in the old John R. Tunis books from a bygone era, or a Mike Lupica kids baseball novel of more recent vintage. Even his middle name is a winner. Brock Wyatt Holt. It doesn’t get any better than that. “Yeah, that’s what I keep hearing,’’ said Holt, who came to the Red Sox with closer Joel Hanrahan in last winter’s trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Guess I’ve got to thank my parents for that. It flows off the tongue. Holt is from Stephenville, Texas, right in the heart of what used to be Comanche territory, and now is among the Texas towns that calls itself the “Cowboy Capital of the World.’’ Ben Hogan, the golfing immortal, is from Stephenville. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb went to Stephenville High. In January, Bruner Motors in Stephenville sponsored an event in which Holt was the star attraction, signing baseballs to raise money for the town’s high school baseball program.
Introducing Brock Holt
ESPN | Feb 20