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'Brock Star' fully embraces Players Weekend

Red Sox's utlity man honors parents, ex-teammate Napoli with patch
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BOSTON -- While Brock Holt considers himself a rather plain guy, the Red Sox's utility man couldn't help but get excited when finding out about all the things he'd be able to do during Players Weekend.

Most Red Sox players chose to use more traditional nicknames on the back of their uniforms, but Holt went with 'Brock Star." It's a nickname that was given to him by former Pittsburgh teammate Tony Sanchez, whom Holt roomed with in the Pirates' Minor League system.

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BOSTON -- While Brock Holt considers himself a rather plain guy, the Red Sox's utility man couldn't help but get excited when finding out about all the things he'd be able to do during Players Weekend.

Most Red Sox players chose to use more traditional nicknames on the back of their uniforms, but Holt went with 'Brock Star." It's a nickname that was given to him by former Pittsburgh teammate Tony Sanchez, whom Holt roomed with in the Pirates' Minor League system.

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Sanchez decided to make Holt a Twitter account and used the handle @BrockStar4Lyf. Because of it, a slew of fans started calling him that.

"It kind of flows off the tongue and stuck a little bit. That's always been the No. 1," Holt said. "People don't walk around the clubhouse calling me Brock Star, but it is just something funny."

Holt said Brock Star is just one of many nicknames Dustin Pedroia calls him.

"You can do a lot of things with Brock," Holt said. "Pedey has come up with about a million of them since I've been here."

Players Weekend is a first-of-its kind opportunity for players to show their individual flair and allows fans to get to know them better. Established by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, all 30 clubs participated in all games through Sunday, and every team was in action.

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All clubs wore non-traditional alternate uniforms, and each player was allowed to wear his nickname of choice on the back of his jersey, and a patch on his sleeve to pay tribute to a person or persons who aided his career.

Holt chose to put "Mom and Dad" on the patch, along with "Napersooon," a tribute to former Boston teammate Mike Napoli.

When Holt told Napoli he was going to put the slugger's name on the patch, he really appreciated it.

"He's always been my go-to guy with a lot of things," Holt said. "Everywhere he goes, he wins. He's just a great clubhouse guy. He's a good guy on and off the field and people really seem to gravitate towards him."

Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com based in Boston and covered the Red Sox on Sunday. Follow her on Twitter at @_qlr5001.

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