Fort Worth Zoo names baby giraffe Beltre and baseball got a lot cuter

Choosing names for animals is hard — shoot, choosing names in general is hard. That’s how you end up with names like, uh … Patrick.

But here’s one name that was easy to pick — and amazing, too. The Fort Worth Zoo just named a baby giraffe calf “Beltre,” after Texas Rangers star Adrian Beltre, who just got his 3,000th career hit. And, yes, baby Beltre is cute:

But it’s even cooler as a tribute to Beltre, who just became the 31st player EVER to have 3,000 hits. And what better way to celebrate that than to have a giraffe named after you? That’s every athlete’s dream.

And now, to bring the two worlds together perfectly… enjoy this photo of Beltre the giraffe flipping a bat like the real Beltre might.

Apparently, the 2002 season featured the most five-win left fielders. The list included Chipper Jones and Albert Pujols, though, so I’m throwing it the hell out. Fake left fielders! Fake!

So if we’re going to rig this, we’ll have to include either a) Ted Williams, b) Rickey Henderson, or c) Barry Bonds. The correct answer might b) and c). In 1993, Bonds won the NL MVP, Henderson helped the Blue Jays win a World Series, Juan Gonzalez led the AL in home runs, Albert Belle led Cheap Paintball Jerseys the AL in RBI, Ron Gant was an MVP contender, and Tim Raines was building on a Hall of Cheap Pirates Jerseys Fame career. That would appear to be the winner.

Except in the late ‘20s/early ‘30s, when teams scored roughly 50 runs per game, you had …