Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Gather round. Let's talk about something incredible that happened on Tuesday night.
For the first and quite possibly last time in his career, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere hit a home run. The solo blast traveled all of 357 feet before plopping gently into the right field stands. It was Revere's only hit of the night.
It was a moment of hope, an instance of elation and triumph for one of the game's least powerful hitters. It took Revere 385 major league appearances to finally hit his first homer and it's anyone guess when and if he'll repeat the feat.
Because our brains never stop working here at The Sports Network (though Revere's out of nowhere power did have us speechless for a few minutes), here are 15 facts to tide you over until Revere bops another one out of the park.
1. Revere hit his first major league home run in his 1,566th plate appearance. Baseball-Encyclopedia.com tells us only four players since 1960 took longer to hit their first big league round-tripper. Woody Woodward, a nine-year pro with the Braves and Reds in the 60s and early 70s, needed 1,946 plate appearances before going deep for the first and only time in his career. That tops the list.
2. Even without hitting home runs, Revere has been plenty productive throughout his career. In 1,465 at bats prior to hitting his first home run, Revere had already totaled 417 hits, 16 triples, 32 doubles, 88 RBI, 184 runs scored and 108 stolen bases.
3. That one home run brought Revere's season slugging percentage up from .317 all the way to .340. His career slugging percentage rose from .328 to .331.
4. Three hundred and fifty-seven feet you say? According to Fangraphs' Jeff Sullivan, that ball would have stayed in the yard in 24 of 30 major league stadiums. You gotta' love Citizens Bank Park. But who knows. Maybe Revere would have three or four homers by now if he played his home games at Yankee Stadium (314 feet out to right field).
5. Just to put Revere's 357-foot puffball in perspective, Giancarlo Stanton has launched 15 homers this season with those blasts traveling an average distance of 431.1 feet. Apples and oranges.
6. For all the grief I just gave him, Revere's home run wasn't even the shortest one hit at Citizens Bank Park this season. Out of 47 balls that have left the yard, Revere's 357-footer was the seventh-shortest. The title of puniest home run in Philly this season belongs to Adam LaRoche (336 feet). That came on May 3rd against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
7. This season, the average home run at Citizens Bank Park has gone 386.4 feet. Only two ballparks, Safeco Field and Minute Maid Park, have a shorter average distance this season (381.9 feet for both stadiums).
8. Revere has still yet to hit a major league home run against a right-handed pitcher (1,013 at bats). Don't worry, it's coming ... maybe.
9. Five pitchers (Madison Bumgarner, Gio Gonzalez, Ian Kennedy, Mike Leake and Travis Wood) went deep before Revere did this season.
10. Despite logging 1,274 more at bats than Travis Wood since 2011, Wood has five more homers than Revere over that span. Wood's career slugging percentage (.332) is one point higher than Revere's.
11. Prior to Tuesday, Revere's last home run came on May 30, 2011 while playing for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings. That jack came off Toledo Mud Hens left-hander Adam Wilk, who is now a member of Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians. The two haven't faced each other since.
12. Since that homer against the Mud Hens, the Phillies have gone 244-237. The six division leaders in MLB on that date were the Phillies, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Indians and Rangers.
13. If you Google "Ben Revere home run," your search will bring up 307,000 results. Really? He's hit ONE home run. That should warrant ten results tops.
14. Revere made his major league debut on September 7, 2010. Since that date, Samuel L. Jackson has appeared in 14 films. Only one was a Tarantino movie (Django Unchained).
15. Here's MLB's home run leader board since Revere's debut in 2010:
Miguel Cabrera 131
Jose Bautista 121
Edwin Encarnacion 119
Giancarlo Stanton 115
Curtis Granderson 104
Chris Davis 99
Adam Dunn 98
Ryan Braun 96
Josh Hamilton 92
Ben Revere hitting home runs? The world may never be the same.