Dusty Baker has noted on occasion that all a hitter can do is barrel up the ball and hope for the best. If you square it up, it's just a matter of where it goes after that. You can't necessarily control it after you hit it.
There were a number of well-struck balls in last night's game that didn't fall in for hits, but Ben Revere's 14th inning line drive to right field made it to the out-of-town scoreboard for a walk-off double that gave the Washington Nationals their sixth straight win.
Revere's hit ended a four hour, thirty-minute matchup with the Cincinnati Reds, sent everyone home happy and spared reliever Yusmeiro Petit from having to throw a third inning of work.
"He had been stinging some balls all night and nothing to show for it," Nats' skipper Dusty Baker said after Revere's game-winner. "Man, we needed it, Petit needed it, the fans needed it. Everybody needed it. Boy that was a long one."
Baker told his outfielder he was happy that it was finally over when he spoke to Revere after the game.
"I think he was ready to go home, too," Revere told reporters, as quoted by Washington Post writer Chelsea Janes.
"He said, ‘Give me some, boy. That-a boy. Okay, I’ll see you later.’ "
Immediately after the hit, Revere's teammates mobbed him and Max Scherzer picked him up and carried him around the field.
"Baseball sucks. It absolutely sucks," Revere said, in talking about some of the balls that didn't fall for hits over the course of the game.
"You ask Jayson Werth, he’s been in the game 100 years, and he says, ‘It sucks.’ But it really does. It’s frustrating. I’ve had games where I hit four missiles or four hard-hit balls right at people and your average goes down."
Revere's 3 for 7 night at the plate, and his walk-off winner, more specifically, earned him the Topps NOW treatment as he became the latest National to have a big moment on the field captured on a baseball card.
Topps NOW offers trading cards featuring MLB's best moments immediately after they occur. These special edition cards are only available for purchase within a 24-hour window after they launch on Topps.com, and Topps will print and deliver only the amount that is purchased within this time frame.