Remember the days when Brandon Belt would come out of the bullpen for Texas? Remember that giraffe neck?
Brandon Belt and his SF Giants fought and clawed their way into the World Series all the while with their backs against the wall time and again. What an amazing series against the Reds (down 2 games to none and a sweep on the road, and the Cardinals down 3-1). Absolutely why Major League Baseball and baseball in general is such a fun team sport to play and watch (especially when your team is in the World Series and a Horn is representing). I am a huge Giants fan and obviously a Longhorn fan so when Belt joined the Giants is was stoked! Sang his praises to all Giants' fans whom would listen.
His rookie season started great, fell off then picked up again later in the season. He ended with .225BA, .306 OBP, .412 SLG; however, and his OPS was .716 on par for average in MLB. Not a break out season but showed signs of room to grow and fast. He did get an injury along with being bumped midseason for roster space by Cody Ross (yes, the Cody Ross from 2010 Giants World Series that had three straight homers in the first three WS games against Roy Hallady, Roy Oswalt and Colby Lewis... so not a bad person to be sent down for). He would return after Cody was traded and thus allow for his further growth with the Giants.
2012 showed where this youngin could and will go. The "The Baby Giraffe", aptly named by non-other than Duane Kuiper, showed that he has grown as a batter but more importantly as a solid 1st baseman. (BTW, the SIx Flags Marine World named a baby giraffe after Belt).
Just last night, with the game pretty much out of reach for the Cards, Brandon jacked one that almost ended up in McCovery cove. My how Brandon has grown from the country boy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHl_7WHZbzg) into his sophomore season with the Giants... and possibly a World Series winner.
Congrats to Brandon Belt, the SF Giants and The Texas Longhorns...
Vamanos Los Gigantes for the North Mexicans (Texans :^) or Let's Go Giants for my west coasties...