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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Greatest Baseball Song Ever


Leon Durham (Chicago Cubs, '81-'88)

Kleenex Girl Wonder, "Leon Durham" (click on link to play)

One step past the foul ball line lies old man winter's cold embrace
And as the neverending army marches on he guards first base
And now we have to beat our swords to plowshares and try to replace
The very man who came to town the year we won the pennant race

And you can’t see through my dead games
1984 proclaims
That we are not a race of men
We’ve come to take your children
And Ryne Sandberg backs me up
The double play won’t break us up
And even as we play to win
You say you have a wounded shin but

I’ll bat clean up for you
Leon Durham comes through

The days right now are gone when we could replace the turf with grass
And old Leon may not know much but he knows he could kick your ass
He left the team in '89, and dropped responsibilities
And now he spends his golden years in the minor leagues with St. Louise

And you can’t see that he’s the man
He’s got a good eye and such good hands
He’s so lonely at the plate
No one knows that it’s too late
San Francisco wore us out
Leon Durham has struck out
He leaves the team and it’s for real
He says that he won’t take the field but

I’ll bat clean up for you
Leon Durham comes through

And now we wonder how we got through all those extra innings
We hope to God we pray the sod won't forget
The man who brought us through the hardest nights to new beginnings
And now he says he’s gone but his heart and soul, they are not dead yet 'cause

I’ll bat clean up for you
Leon Durham comes through

(Lyrics via KGW web site)