Last May, Ben Revere launched himself into the Ben Revere History Books by hitting his first-ever MLB home run after 1,466 at-bats. It was a confusing moment - Revere admitted that upon reaching second base he "didn't know what to do" - Revere, a non-power hitter playing for a last place team, was under no pressure to do so, but still completed the feat, sending the city of Philadelphia into a period of such joy that people wondered if we'd ever feel sadness or horror again.
Hours later, when the fires were put out and the zoo animals put back in their cages, things continued on as normal, though the memory of Revere's sweet dinger was enough to put Philadelphia on the map. Since that time, Revere has hit multiple home runs, some in games that didn't even count, proving that he does not fear his power is a finite resource.
But like any good player, Revere was not satisfied with making history only once, and changed everything yesterday when he fielded a ball cleanly in left field at a key moment of the Phillies' victory, and made a strong throw that one-hopped in front of the plate and turned Nationals base runner Michael Taylor from the go-ahead run into a dead duck, forever shamed by Revere's actions. The play can be witnessed here.
For years, Revere's arm has been mocked by those in the sports industry who crave that sweet, sweet feeling of superiority and also by children.
The best argument FOR steroids might be Ben Revere's arm.— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave) May 7, 2014
3-year-old: "Where's Ben Revere's arm?" SEE RUBEN EVEN A KID GETS IT. #Phillies— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielski) July 3, 2014
"Gotta change the scouting reports now," Revere told the press as he stood in front of a dangerous-looking bonfire on which burned all of the scouting reports from his past that he had apparently kept shoved in his locker all this time for exactly this purpose.
We are fortunate to be along for the ride as Revere slowly, but methodically, eliminates all weaknesses in his game and becomes the perfect ball player over time.
Forthcoming will be the TGP's petition for the Phillies to have a "Ben Revere Apology Night," on which writers and bloggers who chortled stupidly over Revere's arm strength can all line up by the left field gate and kiss his ass.