Unit 1 - Bottom of the Ninth
This song tells a dramatic story that is familiar to any baseball fan. The home team is losing by
one run in the bottom of the ninth inning in an important game. The stadium is packed; the
crowd is going crazy. The team has one more chance to tie the game. In this case, that chance
goes by the name El Gato.
I like the way you swing.
I like the way you play the game.
Everybody was charged like a battery,
The stadium was filled to
amount of fans, not the minimum,
The most. The whole crowd was cheering ‘em.
They were rocking in their seats,
While in the city, they were bopping in the streets.
The crowd was
, making noise for us,
Rough, wild, loud enough, these boys are tough.
Bottom of the ninth inning, and the score was tight,
Five to four. I’m sad to report we weren’t winning.
Usually, the other team was
They lacked skill in it like the park lacks ceilings.
But today, they had held back and
From throwing too many balls away.
But next up to the plate (or “plato”)
Was the hero of our team, El Gato.
came from an announcer
Named Dave, who commented upon the game.
He had a low voice, and he said:
“Next up, the cat with bat, El Gato!”
The whole crowed marveled at this
They watched him in astonishment like a model.
He was a big
in our winning streak,
He was the reason the men and the women shrieked.
He was sweating, and the
Of many hours in the sun: His brow was wet.
The pitcher tried to
and scare him up,
He had the face of a bear and the smell of a skunk.
tightened his gloves,
He did it very carefully, tight like hugs.
The pitcher got a strike on the first pitch that he threw,
And then El Gato swung and missed: strike number two.
Now all the fans were in pain and
The Word Up Project: Level Green