One Big Personality – Brandon Belt
I can’t predict the outcome of these first two games against the Reds, but I know this: I’ve never been on a team that is more in sync that this Giants team. I’ve written about this before, but the chemistry on this team is something that keeps showing itself over and over. It’s as if the experiences and character traits of all the different players have connected into one big personality. That’s how well we gel together.
To be really honest, I didn’t feel like this last year. Maybe it was because I was rookie and I simply looked at everything differently. But I think it’s way more than that. It’s just the mix of guys we have in here now, including late additions Pence and Scutaro. You just want to do well for each other – and that makes everybody play better and makes the game a lot more fun.
I saw it on the road trip last week. We had clinched the division, which would have been an easy time to slide a little bit. But we didn’t. We had to dig down a little to keep our intensity level up, to keep battling. And what was really encouraging is that everybody just did it. Nobody had to stand up and give a rah-rah speech. We were all on the same page. That’s the character of this team.
Right now, of course, going into the playoffs, there’s a lot of adrenaline going. But we remind each other, “Don’t try to do too much. Just keep doing what you’ve been doing.’’ It helps to know that if one guy falls short, someone else is there to pick him up. With the pitching staff we have and the defense we have, with our ability to get people on base and score them — we’re always going to give ourselves a good chance of winning.
None of my family except Haylee will be here this weekend. With their jobs, they couldn’t make arrangements at the last minute to get off work. My dad said they might drive up to Cincinnati. He isn’t sure yet.
Playing in the postseason for the first time made me think of how I sat in front of the TV every day of the postseason in 2005 watching my team, the Houston Astros. It was one of those years when they were so far behind, kind of like the A’s, and they had to fight their way through. Everybody was so excited for them. It was awesome for me, watching them go all the way to the World Series. I think I watched every inning of every game.
Now I’m about to play in the postseason myself. And I know there’s some kid in front of a TV out there now who’ll be hanging on every pitch and years from now remembering it like it was yesterday.
Thanks for reading. Go Giants!