Ben Revere made a great jumping catch at the wall this week, ignoring Rajai Davis' pleas for pity in hopes that the Phillies outfielders could bolster his spring training numbers a bit.
"Take it easy, I need some hits," Davis reportedly said, well aware of the sharp, impenetrable outfield defense for which the Phillies are well known.
Revere could only apologize afterward, receiving a fist bump from an awed Davis as he sashayed jauntily back to the Phillies dugout. Such was the confidence boost from the play that Revere followed it up with some rather intense boasting:
[Revere] is listed at 5-foot-9, but he said he has dunked a basketball in the past.
"I used to dunk in Timberlands [boots]," he said. "But since I got knee and ankle surgery, it's tough. Now I'm getting close to 30. Back in the day when I was in high school and I had the springs, I'd be in the gym after school and I could dunk in Timberlands, one-handed or two-handed."
Dunking, as we all know, is one of the highest marks of athleticism. However, it also requires a few natural inclinations going your way, such as height, or speed, or jumping. Being able to hold a basketball with one hand is nice, but not required.
No one here is going to call Ben Revere a liar. In fact, I completely believe this; easily, when you factor in the inches he gained from a pair of Timberlands. So let's just sit back and think about how cool it looked when 5' 9" Ben Revere hurled his body through the air and dropped the hammer. Probably like this, but into the air, and not the ground.