Phillies’ Revere gets attention for glove

Ben Revere is getting so much attention for his glove – the way

he used it and the message he taped to it – that he can’t keep up

with the calls.

Revere stuck a strip of white athletic tape to the back of his

glove on Monday night, showing support for those wounded or killed

in the Boston marathon bombings. He wrote the message, ”PRAY For

Boston” on the tape with a black marker.

Revere then made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch at the edge

of the warning track during a 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, an

astounding play that filled his phone’s voice mail with messages of

congratulations.

He finally got to see a replay of his catch on Tuesday

morning.

”I was like, `Huh, that’s pretty nice,”’ Revere said. ”My

phone’s blowing off the hook, people sending me video of it and

stuff.

”I didn’t think I’d have a chance to catch up with it. I jumped

and caught the ball.”

The crowd of 17,345 was so impressed by the catch that it gave

him an ovation – a rarity for a visiting player. It was a big

moment for the 24-year-old outfielder, who was obtained by the

Phillies in a trade with Minnesota last December.

”A bunch of Reds fans were standing up and applauding,” he

said. ”That kind of gave me goose bumps. But it was just another

day at the park, pretty much. Defense wins championships, and

that’s what I’m trying to do.”

The white tape on the back of his glove’s web also got a lot of

attention. Revere decided to honor Boston with the message shortly

before the game on Monday night. He kept the tape on his glove for

the second game of the series on Tuesday as well.

”I’ll play with it for them today,” he said.

Revere was grateful for the response his gesture received back

in Boston.

”A bunch of people who live in Boston said it was all over the

news out there,” Revere said. ”I just showed my appreciation.

Even when I’m playing, I’m thinking of the people in Boston. It’s

just terrible that it happened. For me, I’m just playing the game

for them a little bit.

”Every day is precious. You never know what’s going to happen.

We really do live in a scary world. You can’t take nothing for

granted, it seems like.”

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