2018 AL Division Series

McAdam: Brock Holt makes baseball history with cycle

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NEW YORK -- Baseball players are generally loathe to acknowledge trying to hit a home run -- for good reason.

First, it's considered bad form. Secondly, it's not easy to accomplish.

But Brock Holt made no secret about his intentions in the ninth inning. Holt had already singled and tripled -- in the same inning, no less -- and doubled in the eighth.

He needed a homer to achieve the cycle. And thanks to the Red Sox' gaping, double-digit lead in the ninth, the Yankees have waved the white flag by having catcher Austin Romine pitch the ninth.

In defiance of baseball custom, Holt actively campaigned for the opportunity.