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Was This Ben Revere Play the ‘Most Awkward Attempt to Catch a Baseball in Center’ You’ve Ever Seen?

Apr 18, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

When I heard that the Eagles' newest defensive addition acquired from the Cleveland Browns, safety David Sims, was a trash man at one point on his journey to the NFL, I couldn't help but think of the cinematic classic starring Tony Danza, "The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenom."

Wednesday was not a good day for the Philadelphia Phillies. It was actually one of those Alexander-bad type days. Right in the thick of it all was Ben Revere’s defense.

After botching a seemingly routine fly ball in the nine-minute loss earlier in the evening — lost it in the sun — Revere made one of the strangest attempts to catch a fly ball we’ve ever seen.

A friend of mine actually said to me, “That might be the most awkward attempt to catch a baseball I’ve ever seen in center field. Which is saying something given Shane Victorino played here for so many years.”

Now, I’ll admit, when I saw Revere running straight back, readying himself for a Mays-style over-the-shoulder-grab while in full sprint, I thought to myself “this is going to be another absolutely insanely awesome catch I’m going to have to highlight in its own blog post.” But then whatever you want to call what actually transpired happened and I literally laughed out loud. That was not pretty.

The hop and fall at the very end of it really elevates the whole maneuver. And I think we can have a little fun at Ben’s expense given that he’s already made the diving catch of the year.

Still, I think a pitcher ripping an RBI triple off the Phillies last night in such sad fashion really summed up the Fightins’ pretty well as of late.

[watch video of the bizarre catch attempt at] GIF by @CrashburnAlley