Good morning, baseball fans! And it sure is a good one.
It is September 14th and the San Francisco Giants have already secured a playoff appearance, with 18 games left to play. Which is most assuredly not a sentence anyone expected to be writing or reading at the beginning of the season. And the team isn’t letting anyone forget it.
They could lose each and every one of those games and still play in the Wild Card game. But they probably won’t, because they’ve now won eight in a row, and nine of their last ten. And, no, I’m not at all still salty about the fact that the only one of those that they lost was the one I was in attendance for, why do keep asking? My eye always twitches like that.
Anyway, did you come here to grill me about my personal pettiness, or to watch Brandon Belt hit dingers?
That’s what I thought. The Giants haven’t lost a game since appointing Brandon Belt as their captain. And he’s been tearing it up, and hamming it up, ever since.
The Captain is all about RESPECT pic.twitter.com/tZx9PnQMVV— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) September 14, 2021
Last night, Mike Yastrzemski tied Belt’s home run count and the Captain could not let that stand for a single inning. He told Buster Posey to hold his beer and went to work. (Meanwhile, sources say that a very confused looking Posey looked on, holding what was actually a bag of sunflower seeds).
Speaking of our fearless leader, it was mentioned on Twitter by Doug Bruzzone (former McCovey Chronicles bullpen curser and current deliverer of excellent baseball content in your inbox) that Belt would probably have an excellent outfit for the Met gala, an event which also took place last night.
Which reminded me of this excellent post from earlier in the evening, which I am sharing to brighten your morning just a bit more.
Okay, I’m just giddy and being silly. In all seriousness, it’s really cool to see the Giants heading back to the playoffs. A first for Gabe Kapler as a manager, and the last for Ron Wotus, who will be retiring after this season. As for these three, well, they may have been there before but it’s still amazing that they get to go again together.
These three have always been built for October pic.twitter.com/1HXJWd87zH— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) September 14, 2021
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Giants bullpen trust power rankings, Monumental Collapse Edition! (September 15th, 2016 - Doug Bruzzone)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants face the San Diego Padres again tonight at 6:45 p.m, PT.