Ben Revere doesn't need much filling-in when it comes to the Nationals, having played against them consistently the last three seasons during his time with the Philadelphia Phillies. He knows the team, their players and even the ballpark very well.
And with that knowledge of what he's getting into as the newest member of the organization, Revere is looking forward to several things. For one, the opportunity to play with Bryce Harper is a significant positive.
"He's a great guy. Of course, he's the MVP. I've been watching him for a long time. He's definitely one of the top guys," Revere said. "I know when I get over there I'll be like 'I'm just trying to get you a lot of RBIs so you can win back-to-back MVPs.'"
Revere will now share an outfield and a lineup with Harper and veteran Jayson Werth. He hopes to help them, as well as the others set to hit behind him, score more runs in 2016.
"[Harper] and Werth, they are both great hitters. They can hit the ball each and every way out of the park. They will make my job easier. All I need to do is get in scoring position and mainly just get on base. If it's a basehit, walk or error, it doesn't matter. Just get on and get in scoring position. Let those guys go to work. You get a ball in the gap and nine out of 10 times I'm going to score. Them and [Ryan] Zimmerman and some of those guys, it's just whatever I gotta do to help them get their RBIs, that's all I'm going to do."
Revere has admired the Nationals' organization from afar and appreciates what they do beyond their play on the field.
"I know we have a lot of great guys in here. I have faced them all. The starting rotation, of course some the hitters. The Nationals, they do a great job as an organization to prepare their guys who come up to the big leagues and The Show. No matter if it's a position player or a pitcher. If they call somebody up, they're ready to roll and help this ballclub try to clinch the division and get back to the playoffs," he said.
Revere also looks forward to playing for Dusty Baker, whose managerial style that emphasizes speed could suit Revere well.
"You've got Dusty Baker. I know about him a lot from the majority of my life watching baseball. I played against him when he was coaching for the Reds. It's a blessing to be able to have this opportunity," he said.
Between his new teammates and new manager, Revere likes plenty of things about his new franchise. He even likes their stadium, Nationals Park, of which he has played the fourth-most games in of any stadium in his career.
"I know going to that ballpark, it was one of my favorites to play at. It's beautiful, the scenery and everything. The crowd, they pack that place out, especially on the weekends. It's rocking from the first pitch to the last," he said.
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