Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena made history in Game 1 of their American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, and he did it in spectacular fashion.
The Rays were already up 4-0 over the Red Sox during the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs already on the board, Arozarena made a bold play from third base, putting an exclamation point on the Rays success. (via Jomboy Media)
Randy Arozarena just stole home pic.twitter.com/70ngP8Zo5T
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Out of all of the bases to steal, home plate is the hardest to steal. It’s a high-risk play that can make or break the inning for a team. The Rays were already up by 4. Barring an unforeseen collapse, they would likely cruise to an easy victory. But Randy Arozarena saw the opportunity, and he took advantage of it. He capitalized on Red Sox pitcher Josh Taylor’s hesitation and made a run for it. The result was a successful home steal for the Rays. It’s the first time it’s ever happened in the playoffs since 2016, when Javy Baez made this unbelievable play for the Cubs.
The Rays and the Red Sox have been on a roll entering this series. The Rays, despite losing key players during the season such as ace pitcher Chris Sale, went ahead and got first place in the American League. The Red Sox, on the other hand, finished second, and are just coming off of a thrilling battle against the New York Yankees in the Wild Card match.
If this play is anything to go by, though, it seems like the first-place Rays have the upper hand. With Arozarena making bold plays like this, they look like the current favorites to win the series.