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Ben Revere holds on to ball after smashing into Fenway Park wall (video)


Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere continued his domination of plays in the outfield that merit “Catch of the Year” consideration (remember this one?) on Monday in a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Tracking a deep drive off the bat of David Ortiz in the bottom of the fourth inning, Revere, with little to no regard for the toll it may take on his body, ignores the warning track, um, warning, and plows full speed into an un-padded, metal section of Fenway Park’s center field wall while making an 0ver-the-shoulder grab.

And yes, he miraculously held on to the ball. But man, did he ever pay the price for his efforts.


Revere, clearly shaken up on the play, remained in the game, but x-rays were taken following the team’s 9-3 loss, which reportedly turned out negative.

“We’re going to see how it feels tomorrow,” said Revere. “They said there was no severe damage or nothing. To the bone, nothing. But I just kind of hit the cage door out there. I thought I was going to hit the pad. It kind of caught me off guard. My elbow ran into it. May be a little sore. But it’s nothing serious.

“Luckily, I’ve got strong enough bones,” Revere added. “If it was somebody else it may have been bad, but luckily it wasn’t serious.”

Lucky for Revere. Lucky for the Phillies. And lucky for baseball fans who have no choice but to continue to marvel at the kind of plays Revere seems to routinely have made throughout his career with a combination of complete effort and blatant disregard for his health.