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Carlos Beltran, King of the Hill

A man built a park

A man built a field

A man said quirky!

Is what I'll yield

I'll make one wall close

Make one wall far

I'll make another wall stand

Behind something bizarre

Gonna have a hill

Gonna put it where?

Puttin' it in center

Way the hell out there

Nobody digs it

Everyone complains

But at least there's a roof

In the event it rains

Two teams played a game

Two teams played forever

What time would they finish?

The teams said “whenever”

Cut to the chase

Get to the point

Arrive in the fourteenth

A victor to anoint

Lamb on first

Burke on third

Joe Smith on the mound

Now isn't this absurd?

Houston had Scott

I've heard that before

They once had a Scott

From the hardware store

Not that Scott

It wasn't Mike

But with first and third

What was there to like?

One out was needed

To keep things tied

When Luke Scott connected

We nearly died

His ball is long

His ball is deep

His ball might end it

That Houston creep

Wait just a minute!

Wait just a sec!

His ball is headed

To that pain in the neck

It's heading for the hill

It's heading there now

It's gonna take a miracle

Scott can take a bow

The hill is quirky

The hill is high

I suspect the same

Of the architect guy

It's a Crosley tribute?

Unique incline?

The rest of us think

It's just asinine

Nobody could catch up

Nobody could hope

Unless Carlos Beltran

Was workin' his lope

Carlos ran long

Carlos ran deep

Carlos kept climbing

Carlos went steep

He lunged and he grabbed

He secured it and soon

He fell and held on

Like he was Al Toon

The Astros were stopped

At the one-foot line

Wanna play some more?

The Mets said “fine”

Minute Maid Park

Is truly the pits

I mean can you believe

Where that silly hill sits?

But hitting it to Beltran

Is your mistake

Boo him all you want

Go jump in the lake

He drove in the winner

The 'pen did the rest

Tal's Hill is the worst

That catch was the best!

6 comments to Carlos Beltran, King of the Hill

  • Anonymous

    Someone who reads all the blogs will yell at me for posting this, but I'm still shocked that nobody has had a career-ending injury on that stupid hill.

  • Anonymous

    I don't know how you do that. Perfect rhyme, perfect rhythm, and 21 links, all at 4 in the morning!
    I didn't even have the energy to stay up to keep track of the game. To my shame, I lost faith before extra frames.
    So can we build our own terrain in CitiField, too? How about a little drain gutter down the third base line, just wide enough for a baseball, and just long enough for Reyes to leg out a base hit every time? If he's hustling, that is.
    That center field sobriety test is just ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    I'm surprised there's not a mechanical bull out there as well.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God for the break..I think we all need one now

  • Anonymous

    I like the hill.
    But I also like “The Ballad of Carlos Beltran.”

  • Anonymous

    A-Freakin'-men, brother.
    Regroup, and start getting our regulars back. Please.