Adam Jones did his best to steal Jonathan Holder's first big league strikeout ball
Making the Major Leagues is a culmination of dozens of years of hard work, so it makes sense that players pay a lot of attention to firsts. They'll even make sure rookies get souvenir baseballs from big moments, even if they accidentally cost their team along the way.
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Fortunately for Holder, Jones quickly gave up.
Was Holder worried about losing the ball? Turns out, not really. He told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch after the game, "I'm not really paying attention to that. I'm just trying to focus on the next pitch."
Of course, even if Jones had stolen the ball, Holder should have plenty of chances to rack up big league strikeouts. The reliever struck out a whopping 101 batters in only 65 1/3 innings at three levels of the Minors this season, including 11 in a row this past week.