Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere eager for home debut

Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere can’t wait to play his first regular season game at Citizens Bank Park. Speaking by his locker before this afternoon’s home opener against the Kansas City Royals, Revere, who was acquired from the Minnesota Twins, is expected to ignite the Phillies offense with his speed.

As far as he is concerned, the opener couldn’t come soon enough.

“First (regular season) game in a new ball park, I know how excited the Phillies fans are,” Revere said. “I am excited, it’s going to be a big festival today so I am really pumped up about it.”

Revere was at Citizens Bank Park last week when the Phillies played two exhibition games last week, but understands that was just a dress rehearsal.

He admits that to his nerves will be getting the best of him early on.

“You always get butterflies in the stomach but after that first at-bat will be gone,” Revere said. “Playing before a new crowd, a new organization, you definitely do.”

He said he experienced the same nervous feeling last year while playing for the Twins in the opener.

And he has envisioned how his first game will be at Citizens Bank Park. Revere won’t have to wait long to hear the crowd’s reaction since he is once again the Phillies lead-off hitter.

“When I see everybody standing on their feet and cheery, it will get me really pumped up and get my blood pumping,” revere said. “I think everybody is going to be ready for it.”

Revere has three hits in his first 14 at-bats (.214) with two runs and two stolen bases in the first three games in Atlanta.

-Marc Narducci