After 1,565 at bats, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere hit his first career home run on Tuesday night.
In the seventh inning of the game against the Rockies, with the count 1-1, Revere took the 91 mph fastball from Boone Logan and sent it over the right field wall:
“When I got to second base, I didn’t know what to do,” Revere said, speaking to csnphilly.com.
“When I hit it I knew I got it good. When I looked up and saw (rightfielder Michael Cuddyer) look up it kind of hit me a little bit.
"I was trying not to smile, but some of the guys got on me. It was hard not to smile. My game is mainly hit line drives and hit the ball on the ground. I get in a lot of trouble when I hit the ball in the air. It's definitely good to get that monkey off your back. I'll try and get 400 more," he joked.
Despite the impressive feat of not hitting in over 1,500 attempts, Revere was still some way off the record which belongs to Jack McCarthy. Between 1901-1907 McCarthy came up to bat 2,470 times before he hit his first, almost 1000 more than Revere's effort.
The 26-year-old did, however, have the longest homer-less streak to start a career since Frank Tavares of the Pirates went 1,594 at-bats without a homer from 1972-77.
Despite Revere's efforts, the Phillies still lost the game 6-2. They currently sit bottom of the NL East, five games behind the Atlanta Braves who lead the division.
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