Fair Question: What's Up With That Hill at Minute Maid Park?
The 700 Level may be a little bitter over this great Hunter Pence catch behind the pole on Tuesday night, but he asks a question worth asking at least once a summer -- What's up with that stupid hill?
So what's the story behind that hill? Our friend Texas Gal from Ladies... was in the first row, centerfield, last night, and shares some history: "The hill is an homage to the one in old Crosley Field in Cincinnati, and it's called "Tal's Hill," after Astros' President Tal Smith, who came up with the idea. (eds note: If Pence keeps playing the way he has since being called up, they might have to call it Hunter's Hill. I vote for Henry Hill though.) The flagpole in play? That's a tribute to the one from Tiger Stadium. Some of the players have called Tal's Hill the "Grassy Knoll" in the past, but most people just call it "the Hill."
Just curious, do you like the hill in Houston?
Source: (The 700 Level)