Sunday afternoon saw a fierce game of baseball played at Sahlen Field, where Mets catcher Rene Rivera managed three home runs. Syracuse pounded Buffalo into the ground 10 to 4. The 35-year-old managed a few early-game upsets against Conor Fisk and Jordan Romano. The three long balls he hit to score those runs pushed his number up to twelve for the year — which is no small feat.
Syracuse hitting coach Joel Chimelis had this to say: “I don’t think anyone knew. He was the one that told me that this was his first three-homer game in his career. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s awesome.’ He was pretty excited about it.”
“His body works right,” Chimelis continued. “He still uses his lower half very well when he gets into position, so he creates some torque when he’s going well. We have a bunch of older players on the team and each one always tries to help out. They always communicate and if they see something, they let the players know or let me know.”
Rivera is known for going the distance to help out the newbies. He knows what it was like at the beginning of his career and how hard it was pushing to make it higher and higher. Now that he’s about where it wants to be in his career, he wants to help those who still have a way to go: he even sees it as a responsibility that veteran players should always have. He’s not the only player who agrees with that point of view.
Chimelis later said that Rivera was “always one of the first ones in the cage and has a routine with a heavy bat and some drills. They know he’s going to be there. He’s usually the first one to hit and when he’s not, the players are like, ‘Hey, where’s Rene? What’s going on?’ So when they see stuff like that it makes everyone else have a routine. They wear me out sometimes. I’ve been coaching for a while and these guys love to hit and get their work in.”
Other players aren’t slacking, either. Danny Espinosa managed two doubles, Ruben Tejada got one out of three good hits, and Luis Guillorme struck a home run during his four game hits. Bo Bichette nabbed three hits. Not too shabby at all.