Messages from Home – Brandon Belt

I have a little time before heading to the ballpark for Game 3. We got in yesterday around 5 and went straight to Comerica Park for a workout. It was nice because it was really low-key. Almost no press except our regular local reporters. That’s one thing that’s really different with the World Series even compared to the NLCS. There are just tons of cameras and microphones everywhere you turn. But it’s kind of cool, too, because you see people you’ve been watching on TV most of your life, like Chris Berman and Peter Gammons.

My parents and Haylee’s parents arrived at the hotel around 9. They said they met some guys from Channel 7 (the ABC affiliate in San Francisco) on the plane and the guys filmed them from the time they got off the plane until they got their luggage. They’re supposed to come to the hotel today to interview them. Should be amusing.
Last night my parents showed Haylee and me a video from Bonner Elementary School, where I went. It was incredible. Yesterday they had Brandon Belt Day there. All the kids wore Giants shirts or orange-and-black. They had a pep rally in the gym. Then they taped the kids – in the library, I think — giving me advice about hitting home runs and stealing bases. It was hilarious and sweet at the same time. Haylee teared up when she watched it. Here’s the link if you want to see it. http://www.hudsonisd.org/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1

We all went to dinner at an Italian restaurant near the hotel, which is about 30 minutes from the park and from downtown Detroit. I slept in this morning until noonish – still on west coast time. But Haylee and our parents had breakfast in the Giants’ hospitality suite in one of the ballrooms off the lobby. Not all the players are at this hotel. Half are at another hotel about a 10-minute ride away. It’s nice to be out in the suburbs because so far there are no autograph seekers camped out in the lobby. It’s really relaxed. We’re heading over to the mall across the street for lunch then will take a bus at 3 o’clock for the par

I’m surprised I haven’t been more nervous before the World Series games. I have a few butterflies but I’m able to approach the game as just another ballgame. That’s what everyone on the team seems to be doing. We’re playing with so much confidence right now. Not a cocky confidence. It’s more like a core belief that no matter what happens we’ll figure out a way to win.

It’s like in Game 2. Even though the score was 0-0 in the sixth, it felt like we were ahead. I don’t know why. We’re so locked in from the previous two series that, yes, of course, we could lose, but I don’t feel we give anything away. The Tigers will have to earn it.
​One note from Game 2: I shuddered when Fister was hit in the head by Blanco’s line drive. I couldn’t believe he stayed in the game. But then I remembered a similar situation when I was playing with Fresno last year, a pitcher was hit square in the head by a ball during batting practice in Colorado Springs. Like Fister, he didn’t flinch. He said he was fine. They took him to the hospital anyway, and he had a pretty significant concussion. He didn’t play the rest of the year. I understand Fister’s fine, which I hope is the case.
​A couple other random things that didn’t get into previous blogs. I’m not a great flier because I’m afraid of heights. My father, as I’ve said before, is a really bad flier. I shared with him recently a statistic that there have been only six deadly commercial flights since 2000) Strangely, despite my discomfort with flying and heights, I’ve always wanted to be a pilot and have my own plane. On the flight home from Cincinnati, Bumgarner managed to sit in the cockpit for takeoff and said it was really cool, especially because he could see the Northern Lights. So I went up there during the flight for a while and saw the Northern Lights, too. Very cool. Also the pilots were telling me how many backup systems are in place in case anything goes wrong. So that made me feel better.
​The temperature is supposed to get down to 38 degrees tonight. I’ve actually played in colder weather. There was snow on the ground during a game in Colorado Springs, where I think it dipped into the 20s.

​Thanks for reading. Go Giants!

-Brandon B.

34 Comments

Your defense is on fire I love it! I caught a ball that you hit on Thursday into the cove during batting practice! It’s so exciting for me because I’m like your biggest fan I’m pretty sure! Keep doing what your doing I love it!

And now the game is over and you boys did it again!!! What a great job. Brilliant!

So proud of you, BB & the rest of the G men! Sending good vibes to you all for game 4 tomorrow!!

So happy for you all and proud of you Giants!!!
Safe playing and travels to all involved! :)

We love our Giants!

The video was precious! Good luck in game 4. Bring home a Ring!!

Great game, guys! One more win and both the Brandons will be wearing new rings come 2013. It has been one awesome ride after another this postseason. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us fans.

Great game, guys! One more win and both the Brandons will be wearing new rings come 2013. It has been one awesome ride after another this postseason. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us fans.

Brandon –

I am so happy for you and all the Giants! You guys are AWESOME!!! The video from your elementary school was cool. I hope you and Haylee have a chance to visit that school over the the Winter. It must feel great to know you have so much support back in your home town.
I also want to say thanks to you and Brandon Crawford for your blog. Connecting with the fans in this way has been so special! I believe I speak for most all who have been following your blog…..we feel especially close to you as a Giant and a friend. It goes without saying we root especially hard for you, and take tremendous joy in your success. Thanks for sharing part of your life with us!
I hope you enjoyed living in Walnut Creek, because that is where I grew up…I hope you will live there again next year. Last but not least, GO GIANTS and best wishes for winning game #4!!!!!!!

Will

Brandon-please pass this message along to all the players:

Thank you. You’ve been so much fun to watch and you are playing incredibly good ball. I love watching-good times and bad. But the good times? They’re really fun. Keep having fun and keep doing what you’re doing. All your fans are proud of you. Sincerely, Toni Cecchetti

All the best tomorrow. I have and never will give up faith in either you or Brandon! Amazing players!
It would be amazing to say the Giants swept In the WS on my 30th bday!

Another great game tonight. Just keep it relaxed and enjoy the ride. The superior defense has been key along with lights out pitching. There has been just enough offense to win. I am so HAPPY. Keep it up.25 guys + 1goal=WinToday.

thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts during this exciting time! We are so proud of all you Giants.

Such a cute video, thanks for sharing. Love reading your blog as always. Go Giants!

How can we NOT read? Brandon, you’re a gem! Thanks for sharing yourself with us. Glad your dad will see you play and hopefully win the top prize. We join your family in being so proud of you! Can’t wait to see video when you go visit the elementary school when the season is over. Hopefully G-Cast gets some footage. We pray you enjoy continued success. Especially as a San Francisco Giant!
God bless you and Haylee to the fullest.

What a ride, huh? Not sure if I could be more proud of a group of people that aren’t my kids! Giants fever is running wild in my little foothill town. In the store this week every person I passed was sporting orange and black. People can complain about “bandwagon” fans, but who cares. Each of those people is seeing an amazingly positive group winning without ego. I love that my girls get to see the star of the game credit his victory to his teammates. I love that there is no “mega – star” player overshadowing everyone else. Its refreshing and I hope the little Brandons of the world are taking note!
Thanks to Haylee and the wives on Twitter for reminding us of the families behind these guys. Maybe next season should feature a “Mrs. Blog” THAT would be interesting lol!

We are with you today! Pelea!

Lisa, Arianna & Sienna

Great job in Game 3! Loved those double plays! Just keep doing what you guys have been doing all post-season — and SF fans back home will keep cheering loud enough for you to hear in Detroit. Win Today!

That video is so adorable! Go Giants!!! Win Today!

WORLD SERIES CHAMPS!!!!!! Just wanted to comment because I remember when the season started in 2011 and Belt watched in the dugout as all the returning players received their World Series Rings. I think I remember seeing an interview of you talking about how cool it was… anyway just wanted to give you that perspective. So crazy!!! CONGRATS!!!!!

Belt,

First congrats on the World Series win! I look forward to watching you next year. Second, flying is the safest form of travel to exist in history, car accidents happen multiple times daily, but how often do you hear of a jet liner going down?

OMG! CONGRATULATIONS TO SF GIANTS. IT WAS ONE HECK OF A GAME YESTERDAY, AND I’M STILL FEELING EXCITED THAT YOU GUYS WON THE WORLD SERIES. I WISHED YOU GUYS COULD HAVE WON AT HOME CAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH CRAZIER BUT YOU GUYS WON ANYWAYS. ;) I’M HAPPY YOU WON YOUR FIRST WORLD SERIES AND TO EVERY OTHER PLAYERS ALSO!!! YOU GUYS WORK HARD AND DESERVE THIS WIN. IT WAS ALSO FUNNY WHEN YOU THREW YOUR GLOVE UP AND AWAY WHEN POSEY CAUGHT THE BALL. WHEN I SAW THAT I TOLD ME SISTER ‘THAT’S BELT FIRST WORLD SERIES WIN’ AND KIND OF PUSHED HER CAUSE I WAS TOO EXCITED. IT WAS A PRICELESS MOMENT. I STILL CAN’T GET OVER THE FACT THAT YOU GUYS WON THE WORLD SERIES, I THINK NO ONE CAN, LOL. WELL, CONGRATS AGAIN!!!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO BE BACK HOME!!!! #SFGIANTS

OMG! CONGRATULATIONS TO SF GIANTS. IT WAS ONE HECK OF A GAME YESTERDAY, AND I’M STILL FEELING EXCITED THAT YOU GUYS WON THE WORLD SERIES. I WISHED YOU GUYS COULD HAVE WON AT HOME CAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH CRAZIER BUT YOU GUYS WON ANYWAYS. I’M HAPPY YOU WON YOUR FIRST WORLD SERIES AND TO EVERY OTHER PLAYERS ALSO!!! YOU GUYS WORK HARD AND DESERVE THIS WIN. IT WAS ALSO FUNNY WHEN YOU THREW YOUR GLOVE UP AND AWAY WHEN POSEY CAUGHT THE BALL. WHEN I SAW THAT I TOLD ME SISTER ‘THAT’S BELT FIRST WORLD SERIES WIN’ AND KIND OF PUSHED HER CAUSE I WAS TOO EXCITED. IT WAS A PRICELESS MOMENT. I STILL CAN’T GET OVER THE FACT THAT YOU GUYS WON THE WORLD SERIES, I THINK NO ONE CAN, LOL. WELL, CONGRATS AGAIN!!!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO BE BACK HOME!!!! #SFGIANTS

OMG! CONGRATULATIONS TO SF GIANTS. IT WAS ONE HECK OF A GAME YESTERDAY, AND YOU WERE ON A ROLL. I HOPE IT’S OKAY TO STILL FEEL EXCITED THAT YOU GUYS WON THE WORLD SERIES. ;) I WISHED YOU GUYS COULD HAVE WIN AT HOME CAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH CRAZIER BUT YOU GUYS WON ANYWAYS. I’M HAPPY YOU WON YOUR FIRST WORLD SERIES AND TO EVERY OTHER PLAYERS ALSO!!! YOU GUYS WORKED HARD AND DESERVED THIS WIN. IT WAS ALSO FUNNY WHEN YOU THREW YOUR GLOVE UP AND AWAY WHEN POSEY CAUGHT THE BALL. WHEN I SAW THAT, I TOLD ME SISTER ‘THAT’S BELT FIRST WORLD SERIES WIN’ AND KIND OF PUSHED HER OFF THE SOFA CAUSE I GOT TOO EXCITED. IT WAS A PRICELESS MOMENT. I STILL CAN’T GET OVER THE FACT THAT YOU GUYS WON THE WORLD SERIES, I THINK NO ONE CAN, LOL. WELL, CONGRATS AGAIN!!!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU GUYS TO BE BACK HOME!!!! #SFGIANTS

Way to go! Just a warning, you are returning to a very happy (if foggy) city by the bay today :) Can’t wait for Wednesday and the festivities!

Congratulations on your World Series WIN!!! You and your team played awesome!
The video link was absolutely adorable!! And it, too, brought tears to my eyes.
See you in San Francisco….Woo Hoo the PARADE!

Dear San Francisco Giants,
I want to thank you for an exciting and torturous last 3 years of baseball. Never have I been more proud of to be a fan! You see, this story begins July 15th, 1989. I had always been a Giants fan, but that Saturday I would fall in love with the San Francisco Giants! That was the day my Dad took me to my first Major League Baseball game. Candlestick Park was a legendary arena where both my favorite baseball and football teams battled. I had seen it on TV before, but nothing prepares you for how truly awesome this Park really is until you step foot inside. I’ve never seen such green and well-manicured grass. We got there early to catch batting practice. I still remember what a beautiful day it was, perfect weather for a game. That thunderous sound of a baseball bat making contact with the ball repeated over and over again. The Giants were playing the Pittsburgh Pirates, which is a little ironic because years later I would end up becoming a huge fan of their leadoff leftfielder. But this day, it was all about Will “The Thrill” Clark. He was my first baseball hero! The man could do it all and let’s be honest he had the sweetest swing in the game. This Saturday he would put on a show, just for me! He went 3-4, with a Double and four RBIs. I remember the game not starting off well for the Giants giving up 2 runs in the top of the first inning. However, the Pirates wouldn’t score again until the ninth and by then the Giants had already scored 8 runs. It was a victory, my very first baseball game and the Giants won. Perfect Day!
Not however, a perfect season. In 1989 the Giants made it to the World Series after battling with the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. The Bay Bridge Series did not fare well for my Giants. They were already down 2 games to nothing when the earthquake hit October 17th. I knew this was an omen. I had hoped it meant the tides would turn and the Giants would win the Series. That did not happen! The Giants got swept by the Oakland A’s and I was devastated. Thirteen years later they made it back to the World Series only to lose to the Anaheim Angels in seven. That leadoff leftfielder I was mentioning earlier, Barry Bonds hit .471 with 2 Doubles, 4 Homeruns, 6 RBIs and walked 13 times for the Giants in the Series. Here is where the story gets interesting. Monday, April 5th, 2010 I took my daughter to see the Arizona Diamondbacks host the San Diego Padres for Opening Day 2010 at Chase Field. This was our first Opening Day. The Diamondbacks beat the Padres 6-3 and Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew homered in the win. I should mention at this point too that my daughter owns a Mark Reynolds Dbacks jersey. Anyway, we go to several more games throughout the season, trying to see the Giants as often as we can. Giants end up winning the West and eventually The World Series. Finally, I’ve been waiting my whole life for them to win a Series in San Francisco. For whatever reason, my daughter and I don’t make it to Opening Day 2011, the Giants struggle most of the year, Buster Posey’s lost to injury, thanks a lot Scott Cousins! So 2012 rolls around, I think to myself hey, Opening Day 2010 worked out perfectly let’s try it again! Friday April 6th and the Giants are in Arizona. Oh yeah! My daughter and I and a couple of friends go to Chase Field for Opening Day. They have fun, because they are Dbacks fans. The Giants end up getting swept in the 3 game series. You know what? Who cares, 205 days later and enough torture to kill a super hero, the Giants sweep the Tigers in the World Series. Two Opening Days with my daughter and 2 World Series Champions in 3 years. Coincidence, I don’t think so! I’d like to thank my daughter Kallie for allowing me to share my love of the greatest game on the planet. I know it is hard for some people to understand the affinity one can have for a sports team, but I have been a Giants fan for 36 years and will be one until the day I die. Way to go boys, you made me proud to be a San Francisco Giant fan!

CONGRATS on the win – you made our day (month/year)!!! Wishing I was up in SF for the parade!!!

Awesome blog!

Great win yesterday boys!!! SF giants.

I’m the ultimate fair weather fan — it actually took me 20 minutes to find my Giants cap in my car trunk this weekend!!! — but I just have to say you all played so beautifully. Everyone talks about the hitters and the pitchers, but you “Brandons” were more than error-free. Your fielding was fluid as poetry. Congrats! P.S., I loved the video from the kids too. So sweet. They will go bananas when you visit them.

Right on giants!

OK — found the video of Brandon and Haylee’s parents being interviewed by ABC 7. Lots of baby pics! Aw!!! http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8863146

Awww, thanks for posting that.

Just got back from the Parade. Drove from Fresno and it was so worth it. I just wanted to thank you guys for such a wonderful season. This may sound strange but I’m going to really miss you guys. this 2012 team I think will have hold a portion of my heart because of the way you won and the people you showed yourselves to be. It was truly special. Thank you.

I guess they were only required to do this until the offseason…

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