Happy Tuesday, San Francisco Giants fans.
Monday hit us with some sad, if not unexpected news: for the first time in his professional life, Brandon Belt is not a Giant. The first baseman signed a one-year, $9.3 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he’ll get to play for a contender in a park that’s a bit kinder to lefties than Oracle is.
The Belt Wars are officially over. The good guys have won. Belt ends his Giants tenure as a two-time champion, an All-Star, and an MVP vote-getter, who is top 10 amongst all Giants in walks drawn, doubles hit, and, yes, home runs.
Deal with it, haters.
I am sad. I’m guessing you are sad. But rather than dwell on that sadness, I want to appreciate a true Giants legend. Let’s fill the comment section with your favorite memories of BB9.
There are a few obvious ones. There is, for instance, the 18th-inning home run in the playoffs.
There’s the 21-pitch at-bat that he worked against Jaime Barria, setting an MLB record for the longest at-bat.
There are the truly impeccable ads — the dude has a career in TV should he want it when he’s done setting his size-15 feet on first base.
There was the whole arrive on a boat and throw out the first pitch while wearing a captain’s hat thing.
And so, so, so much more. Our beloved captain. Our cherished baby giraffe. Our lovely Mr. slumpy shoulders.
Hit 90 home runs next year, Brandon.