Kuiper has advice for Revere after first homer
ST. LOUIS -- Duane Kuiper understands the art of the home run. That's singular, not plural.
Thus, the Giants broadcaster wasn't overwhelmed by the news that Philadelphia's Ben Revere hit his first home run Tuesday in his 1,466th Major League at-bat. Kuiper, who walloped one homer in 3,379 at-bats during his 12-year career, wants to see how Revere handles the power of one.
"Now he's got one. So now he has to stop. That's the really tricky part," Kuiper said Friday, displaying his dry sense of humor. "When he hits one [high and deep], he has to say, 'Stay in here, stay in here,' instead of 'Get out, get out.' That's very hard to do."
Kuiper pointed out that Revere plays at hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, which typically enhances power.
"He's in a park where he should hit two or three a year," Kuiper said.
Moreover, Revere possesses above-average speed, making inside-the-park homers a possibility.
"So he has to think about stopping at third base, too. I stopped at third a bunch of times," Kuiper said. He paused before adding, "Well, not really. That may be an exaggeration."