One of baseball's most impressive streaks came to an abrupt and unexpected end last night when Phillies outfielder Ben Revere blasted his first home run, ever.
In fact, prior to the seventh inning of Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg, along with baseball fans everywhere didn't think they would ever see Revere hit a homer -- including the speedster himself.
“When I got to second base, I didn’t know what to do,” Revere said. “When I hit it I knew I got it good. When I looked up and saw [Michael Cuddyer] look up it kind of hit me a little bit. I was trying not to smile, but some of the guys got on me. It was hard not to smile.”
Revere played an incredible 384 major league games had made 1,466 at bats without hitting a single dinger, making him the active leader and leaving everyone else in the dust. His most recent came way back in Single-A baseball several years ago.
“You have to give him credit for going out there for that many at-bats and to finally get that first home run,” Cole Hamels said. “It’s a special moment. Hopefully there will be more of that to come with not as many at-bats in between. We know he’s capable of doing it, but it’s an exciting moment for him. We’ll probably give him a good time —the hitters will razz him a little more in [batting practice] tomorrow.”
Even more remarkable is that the slap hitter only just hit his first double of the season this past weekend, his 40th hit of the season.
“It was just a matter of time,” Revere said. “My game is to hit line drives and to hit the ball on the ground. I get in a lot of trouble when I hit the ball in the air. But this time it went over the fence. I wish we would have won the game, but it was a good feeling.”
Ryne Sandberg said Revere hits the long ball occasionally in batting practice, but it was clear from the reaction of his Phillies' teammates back in the dugout after his first ever trot around the bases that it was a special moment for the centerfielder.
“It’s past me," he said, "and now I’m just trying to get 400 more."