MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While the twins try and figure a way to beat the New York Yankees this weekend and finish the season with something good, it looks like there’s only a few highlights to 2011.
One promising prospect has been Ben Revere in center field. He has great range in center and can chase down the baseball, and he’s a menace when he’s on the basepaths.
Revere is a thief. He steals extra base hits from opposing batters, and the Minnesota Twins fleet-footed centerfielder is a highlight waiting to happen.One of Revere’s hallmarks is the spectacular over-the-shoulder-grab.
“I’ve done that over-the-shoulder catch a bunch of times in the minor leagues,” Revere said. “I did it a couple times in high school, it was a lot of fun.”
It’s not a lot of fun if you are the guy getting robbed. In Wednesday night’s win against the Detroit Tigers, Revere came up with two web gems against former teammate Delmon Young.
“It was fun. I know I saw Delmon and he was shaking his head after he was heading back to the dugout and kind of looking back at me. I kind of just busted out laughing,” Revere said.
Yes, the joke’s on those poor soles who see would-be hits vanish into Revere’s magnet-like glove. Revere’s catches have been so eye-popping, so dazzling and so mind-boggling that he’s now being compared to some other legendary center fielders.
“Some people call me Willie Mays Jr. or other stuff. Some people call me Torii Jr., so I’ve got a bunch of little big-time names that people call me,” Revere said.
Revere takes great pride in his glove work, knowing it could be his meal ticket to MLB longevity.
“A bunch of coaches love that, and that’s why teams want to keep you,” Revere said. “So in the back of my minds, that’s how I’m going to stay up here for 10 seasons in the major leagues.”