Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere has already made a name for himself with his defensive acrobatics. During Friday's 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals, he tried his hand at baserunning gymnastics.
It went surprisingly well.
With one out in the sixth inning, Revere turned on a Luke Hochevar offering and lined it past right fielder Jeff Francoeur all the way to the wall. Hustling out of the box, Revere could smell a triple after rounding first base. After safely navigating his way around second, Revere lost his balance halfway to third.
Amazingly, as he tumbled forward, Revere was able to get his hands down and roll into a near perfect somersault. He quickly regained his footing, never losing stride, and still beat the relay throw into third for his second career triple.
"I thought I was going to be on 'Not Top 10' for a second, but then I looked at the third baseman, and he was still kind of waving to get the ball in," Revere said. "Luckily it went pretty good at that. It's not the first time I've done that [stumbled] either, so I need to quit doing that."
Though Revere was left stranded after his dramatic triple, his speed did lead to Minnesota's only tally in the game. After singling to lead off the fourth, he stole second, and eventually scored on a wild pitch. That lone run held up until the ninth when Eric Hosmer hit a game-winning two-run homer off closer Matt Capps.
That's the bad news for the Twins. Unfortunately for us, our time watching Revere make these exciting plays may be nearing its end. Despite being named co-Rookie of the Month with Oakland A's second baseman Jemile Weeks in June, he may be the end man out in Minnesota's outfield with both Denard Span and Jason Kubel nearing their returns.