On a tragic Monday that saw three people killed and at least 144 injured after two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, a Philadelphia Phillies outfielder whose last name is Revere taped the words “Pray for Boston” to his glove and promptly made a spectacular, diving catch in center field with it.
Ben Revere, the Phillies center fielder, in a catch reminiscent of Jim Edmonds’s spectacular catch in Kansas City years ago, chased after a a ball hit over his head in the second inning. He went airborne, without regard for his body, and dove all-out toward the wall and snagged the baseball in mid-air, as he landed stomach-first on the warning track. He promptly got up, and threw the ball back to first base before Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce could make it back to the bag. Revere also made another spectacular catch in the third inning at the wall.
“I think everyone was thinking about it,” Revere said of the Boston Marathon bombings after the Reds defeated his Phillies 4-2. “It hurts to see something like that happen.”
He also could not have had a more perfect last name.
During Monday’s Patriot’s Day celebrations in Boston, there was the traditional reenactment of Paul Revere’s ride in days before the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, which were the first battles of America’s Revolutionary War.