Awesome! – Brandon Belt
It took two Red Bulls to get me going this morning. I had so much adrenaline last night that I didn’t fall asleep until about 3:30 a.m. I just watched TV — the baseball highlights and the college football highlights and whatever else my remote control landed on. Then I got up around 8 to get ready to come back to the park.
All worth it, of course.
What was it like on the field after the last out?Awesome. I leaped into the pile and tried not to get beat up too bad. I tried to rip some jerseys off, but I was getting pounded too bad. I was basically in defense mode the whole time.
I loved taking a lap round the field and high-five-ing the fans – that was awesome, too.
In the clubhouse, I was running around trying to spray champagne in people’s faces. Everybody hated it – they hated it – but I thought it was funny. Haylee got mad at me for dumping champagne on her head while someone was taking our picture. She had gotten all dressed up and looked really pretty so she was mad. I told her, “You look good every day,’’ so that fixed it. I poured some over Ali Bumgarner’s head, too. I accidentally got CSN’s Jamie Sire right smack in the eyes. I was out of control.
It was fun watching everybody dancing – Sergio, Pablo, Angel and his kids. Brian Wilson’s got some moves. He was going pretty good Gangnam Style. Wilson’s brought a lot of energy to the team. His personality is really shining right now. A lot of comedic entertainment. He started that little dance with Pablo when Pablo hits a home run. They tried to do it to me last night when I hit my home run, and I wasn’t having any part of it. I’m not doing that. I can make myself look stupid enough; I don’t need to add any highlight clips. I don’t do the hand signals either – the arrow, the salute, whatever. I don’t care if other people do it but it’s not for me. I think it looks kind of dumb. Of course, this is coming from a guy running around spraying champagne in everybody’s faces. I guess one man’s dumb is another man’s fun.
I heard Sabean say this season was like a tale of two seasons. That’s certainly true for me personally and for the team in general. Most of us have had our struggles and we kept fighting. It’s not always pretty. We don’t always get the spectacular home run. But we get on base, and we get people across the plate.
My performance last night, with a double and home run, kind of showed how far I’ve come since the beginning of the season. Baseball is always fun, but it’s especially fun when you play the way you know you can play. When you’re going through funks, you know it’s not you. You know that people watching you – your family and friends — feel bad for you, and you feel bad for them feeling bad for you. Then you get past that and you find that everyone on the team is playing for each other and everything starts to fall into place. That’s what makes this team so awesome. We love each other.
When things started to settle down in the clubhouse last night, I noticed that most of us were talking about the playoffs and saying, “Man, we want to do this about three more times. This is awesome, but we got to make sure we get the big win at the end.’’
See you at the park. Thanks for reading.