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    Ben Revere Making A Catch
    Another week and another center fielder has been traded away by the Minnesota Twins.

    Without looking too far into the trade, let's take a look back at Ben Revere's short career with the Twins. The former first round pick quickly became a fan favorite for his all-or-nothing defensive ability and his speed on the bases. His smile was infectious and he seemed to be a great all around person.

    There were plenty of good moments for Revere in a Twins uniform but two specific incidents will stick in the mind's of Twins fans for the foreseeable future.

    The Catch
    It was named the best defensive play in 2011 because of the athleticism that it took to complete the play. Revere had to track down the ball over his shoulder and make a tough catch against the wall. The play was shown over and over again in highlight reels. It also made a long run in the top spot of SportsCenter's "Top Plays." It left Vladimir Guerrero, the batter, shaking his head.

    Reminiscent of Willie Mays and his famous over the shoulder grab, Revere added a little more difficulty to his catch by banging into the outfield fence. He even had to look up at his glove to make sure the ball was still in the webbing. Dick Bremer called it "one of the greatest catches you will see all year long." It might be one of the best catches in the history of the Twins.

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    The Somersault
    Even as a fan in the stands on this night, it was hard to believe what just happened. Revere knocks a ball down to the fence down the right field line and then he was off to the races. Jeff Francoeur was the outfielder for the Royals and he tried to get the ball back in as quickly as he could. It looked like it would be an easy triple for the speedy Revere.... but things got interesting after second base.Revere stumbled on his way to third and he started to fall forward. Instead of falling flat on his face, Revere gracefully (or not so gracefully depending on how you look at it) started a somersault before continuing on his path to third base. By the end of the play, Revere was in a pile at third asking for time to catch his breath.

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    It's sad to see both Span and Revere sent to other clubs but these were the right moves for the direction of the organization. The Twins were desperate for pitching and they had extra outfielders in the organization. The club got one major league ready arm and two very good prospects for the future.

    The Twins might not contend in 2013 but the future is looking much brighter after these two deals.
    This article was originally published in blog: Ben Revere's Best Moments started by Cody Christie
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Baseball is more fun to watch when guys like Ben Revere are playing.
    1. PeanutsFromHeaven's Avatar
      PeanutsFromHeaven -
      I had seats on the third base line when Revere somersaulted and I believe my direct statement was: "Go, Go, GO BENNY GO! Wait..No! Oh god-wait-what the-OhMyGod! YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!"

      Any player who can do that will always be memorable no matter what uniform they wear. (I do hope Philadelphians are a little more considerate of him than they are of Santa Claus)
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      I particularly enjoyed the part where he had a good enough season that the Twins could flip him for anything.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by FrodaddyG View Post
      I particularly enjoyed the part where he had a good enough season that the Twins could flip him for anything.
      Somebody should just give you a little smuck across the back of your head... lol... A Finger Flick across the nose or something.

      Jeez... The Guy was nice enough to give you two decent pitchers and you still compliment him with the back of your hand. lol...
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by FrodaddyG View Post
      I particularly enjoyed the part where he had a good enough season that the Twins could flip him for anything.
      Somebody should just give you a little smuck across the back of your head... lol... A Finger Flick across the nose or something.

      Jeez... The Guy was nice enough to give you two decent pitchers and you still compliment him with the back of your hand. lol...
      I'd say the same of any Twins player whom I don't think is particularly good at baseball. Play deceptively well long enough to turn into something. Ben was nice enough to do so. So it absolutely was my favorite part of the Revere experience. It was not the dozens of groundouts to the pitcher followed by grinning his way back to the dugout.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Revere was a class act and a guy I would want to play baseball with any day. Really sad that the Twins traded one of the best smiles in baseball, but for the return they got, hey, can't complain too much. I find it very interesting that several broadcasters thought he stole a HR, where the replay clearly shows he was about a foot from the top of the wall when he made the catch.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      My favorite Ben Revere moment was during an intrasquad scrimmage a few years ago in spring training. Revere was playing CF and Cuddyer was on 2nd base. Morneau was at the plate and hit a deep one back to the warning track. Revere caught it and sort of took his time throwing it to the cutoff man (3 bounces), Cuddyer seeing this decided to not only tag up to third, he in fact went all the way home. Beating the relay throw home by a hair.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I will miss watching Revere's amazing plays, but am glad to see the Twins pick up some badly needed pitching. I wish Ben the very best in Philly and hope to see him in the World Series against the Twins in 2015.
    1. Gernzy's Avatar
      Gernzy -
      I was at the game againist Baltimore when Revere made that catch. The place went nuts. Definatly the best play I've seen in person.
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