WATCH: Randy Arozarena Runs Like the Wind to Steal Home for Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox

Published 10/08/2021, 4:12 AM EDT
Oct 7, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Randy Arozarena (56) steals home in front of Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez (7) during the 7th inning of game one of the 2021 ALDS at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports


Tampa Bay Rays started their campaign in the American League division series against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Once again, American League Rookie of the Year front runner, Randy Arozarena, stunned everyone with his heroics on the field.

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In the first match of the division series, the Rays thrashed the Red Sox, claiming the match by 5-0. Notably, star striker Randy added yet another record to his list, stealing a homer.

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Randy Arozarena’s historic homer

The Tampa Bay Rays met Boston Red Sox for the first match of the division series in St. Petersburg, Florida. Rays sealed their game one victory, taking the lead outcome of Arozarena’s record-breaking homers. Remarkably, Randy became the first-ever player in the playoffs’ history to steal home and hit a home run in the same match.

Oct 7, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Randy Arozarena (56) steals home in front of Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez (7) during the 7th inning of game one of the 2021 ALDS at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

Randy was on fire as he shot 106 mph and 397 feet out to left field in the fifth innings, to give Rays an advantage of 4-0. With this hit, he recorded in the 11th post-season home run. However, he kept his historical performance in reserve for the end.

In the seventh inning, Randy proceeded to the third base on an RBI double. When Red Sox’s Josh Taylor got distracted, Arozarena astonishingly flew to the fourth base, stealing both the show and home.

When it comes to playoffs, Randy always takes his level up a notch. During the 2020 playoffs, he scored 10 homers, and 20 hits in just 20 games, all at just 26. Notably, he is at the second rank for the most home runs in the 20-game playoffs period.

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Randy Arozarena revealed it was his first-ever stolen home

Randy Arozarena is also known as the do-it-all rookie, and he proves it every time he steps on the field. After putting on a historic performance, Randy said, “I noticed the pitcher wasn’t really keeping his attention to me. So I was able to take a big enough lead and be able to take that base. That’s the first time I’ve ever stolen home.”

Oct 7, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Randy Arozarena (56) scores during the first inning of game one of the 2021 ALDS against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

After getting a strong start, Tampa Bay Rays will compete with Boston Red Sox again on Friday night. Do you think the Rays will continue their domination or will Red Sox will make a comeback?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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