The New Mr. October?

Last postseason, Randy Arozarena burst onto the national stage. He just started the 2021 playoffs with a feat never accomplished in the history of MLB.

On Thursday, Arozarena stole the spotlight — and home — in the Rays’ 5-0 victory over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS.

The 26-year-old Cuban went 1-for-2 with a home run, three runs, and two walks — but his spectacular theft put him in a category of one.

  • Arozarena became the first player in MLB history to homer and steal home in a postseason game.
  • He has hit 11 home runs in a 19-game span in the playoffs, tied for second-most behind Babe Ruth’s 12 (1923-32).
  • Only Carlos Beltran (13) and teammate Nelson Cruz (12) hit more homers in their first 26 career postseason games.

In 20 postseason games last year, Arozarena hit .377 with a 1.273 OPS, 10 home runs, and 14 RBI. In the ALCS alone, he hit four homers and drove in six to win MVP honors.

That is insane production for a player making all of $581,200 this season and under team control for two more seasons — he’ll be Arbitration 1 eligible in 2024.

It’s a recurring theme with the Rays, who have become perennial contenders despite a payroll that ranks 26th in MLB ($70.8M), well below the league average ($130.8M).

Tampa sets out to prove once again that less is more in Game 2 on Friday night.