The Envelope Please . . . – Brandon Belt

(Sorry I didn’t get this posted until today. Pretend it’s still yesterday.)

I could talk about my two hits today in the first game of spring. That felt pretty good.

​But because the Academy Awards are on Sunday, I thought I’d share my picks so you can win the pool at your Oscar party.

Best Actor: No question it’s Matthew McConaughey. He was awesome in Dallas Buyers Club. It’s the best performance of his career.

Best Actress: I’m picking Amy Adams because I think she’s a really good actress but I wasn’t blown away by her performance in American Hustle. And I didn’t see Blue Jasmine or that Osage County movie because it looked stupid. And Sandra Bullock was being Sandra Bullock and I didn’t really like Gravity. Getting lost in space is my biggest fear. I would never go into space. I think Bam-Bam’s stupid if he does it. That fear comes just ahead of being burned alive. I heard it takes 15 minutes to burn alive. Actually I have to say I’m probably more afraid of a mid-airplane crash and plummeting out of the sky. So that’s ahead of being burned alive. Lost in space, mid-air crash and being burned alive. That’s my order.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto. He was so good you completely believed his character. The best part of Dallas Buyers Club was the acting. I was hooked on all the characters the whole way through.

Best supporting baseball player: Adam Dunn, who plays the bartender when Matthew McConaughey meets Jared Leto. (I just read that he’s actually going to the Academy Awards.)

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence. She’s great.

​Best Picture: My top three are Lone Survivor, Twelve Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club. It’s really a toss-up, but I’m going with Twelve Years a Slave in part because I like historical movies.

​I think I’ve told you before that during the season I am not a morning person. I have a reputation of being a grouch in the morning. So you might be surprised to know I was at the park for a yoga class at 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday. I had to get up at 5:30. The truth is that during spring training I become a morning person because all our games are during the day. I go to bed by about 10. Sometimes I have to force myself to go to bed that early, but I’m really working on getting better sleeping habits.

​This is the first year we’ve had yoga classes. They’re on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:15 for any player or staffer who wants to come. Tuesday was my first class. There were probably a dozen of us there. I hope to get to the Friday class, too. My lower body is not the most flexible lower body on the team. So I’m hoping to loosen those muscles.

I did yoga once before, two years ago at a Giants conditioning camp in January. So I was a little familiar with it and did better than I thought I would. Hunter was behind me, so I couldn’t see him. I’d say Gary Brown was the best of the guys I could see. But I held my poses a little longer than he did. So I’d have to say I dominated.

​I don’t get too deep into the mind-body part of yoga. I’m from East Texas. We don’t do stuff like that.

I’m trying to eat better, too, this year. Mostly it’s about having a good eating schedule – regular meals and snacks instead of hauling in the food in two meals. Instead of my energy going way up and plummeting, I’m hoping to be more even throughout the day.

And I’m cutting back on Red Bulls. I’m not giving them up altogether but I’m not going to drink them just out of habit. I’ll have one only when I really need a boost. Like this morning. I woke up and didn’t feel real great. So I had one. It was great. I love opening it up and smelling it. I get energy right away just from the smell.

​Tomorrow we have a day off, which I’ll spend with Haylee. Our wives stay at home all day waiting for us to get there. So if we have a little time to spend with them, that’s what we’re going to do.

​Hope you got to see the highlight of today’s game. Look for it on YouTube or somewhere if you haven’t. Josh Reddick made maybe the best catch of the year. Maybe the best I’ve ever seen in person. Mike Morse – robbed twice. But it’s good to get your bad luck out of the way now.

​Hope to post again soon.

-Brandon B.


Thanks, Brandon! If I win my Oscar pool I’ll split the money with you.

don’t think i will have an oscar pool, but it will be interesting to watch. Headed out to see you guys at spring training in a couple weeks!!! can’t wait!!!

Looking forward to watching you play, and I will follow your choices for Oscars. The mind body thing may be a little to mellow for you, ’tis true! Have a great time!

If you enjoyed McConaughey is ‘Dallas’, check him out in True Detective on HBO. It is spectacular. As to the setting, just think Louisiana east of Vidor.

McConaughey is really good… just the commitment alone to chain-smoking in the show is great. I think I just got have lung cancer from watching all that smoking….

I love reading the Brandon Blogs! I thank my kids for bringing them to my attention. Looking forward to the 2013-2014 season – Go Giants!

Dude youre not in East Texas now. Theres. Mind body connection whether you acknowledge it or not.🙂 Also yoga – not a competitive sport Rest of goals sound good



You Oscar party people, take this to the bank: Cate Blanchett is going to win Best Actress for “Blue Jasmine.” I suppose Judi Dench could sneak in there (extremely good in “Philomena”), but not Amy. Her part in “American Hustle” wasn’t substantive enough.

So Brandon, you “dominated” yoga, hmmm? I think you missed the point! 🙂

I just have to say that I love your sense of humor! Enjoy your yoga…the mind/body connection will happen.

August: Osage County is a fantastic play, but I totally disagreed with the casting of the pivotal roles in the movie version. If you ever have the chance to see the play version, I highly recommend it!

Thanks Brandon, always enjoy your posts! Sign a long-term extension soon please! :^)

Didn’t see a single movie last year — too busy with Real Life. Got to do better this year. And thinking of looking into yoga once my new gym opens their permanent facilities this spring; considering I’m on the downhill side of 50 not sure how well I’ll do but I’ll give it a shot. Your blog is just like you — awkward but brilliant.🙂

Hey Brandon. Thanks for the post. So glad it’s finally spring. Yoga yes. Red Bull no. McConaughey yes. Lawrence yes. Seeing you at first 162 games, yes!

It cracks me up how much we have in common. 1) I’m from Texas too 2) I can’t sleep without a fan (I personally think it’s a Texas thing) and 3) the fear of being lost in space (I couldn’t see Gravity until someone told me the ending).

Will you be watching the Academy Awards on Sunday? Thanks for the post, BB! See you at the park!!

Great Blog, always look foward to reading it!

HA! “Sandra Bullock was being Sandra Bullock.” Couldn’t agree more! Also, like your picks for movie and best actor/supporting actor.

I think I’m gonna have a Red Bull to celebrate your 2 hits and hope for many more… hits that is, not Red Bulls. (I’ve never actually had one. It better be good.)

Thanks for the post Brandon. I don’t recall if Michael Morse is as fast as you and Pence, but I hope to get to see all three of you guys rounding the bases at full speed. That should be fun! Congrats on the new contract. And, I hope you and Mr.Bonds hit it off because I have heard him a couple of times provide color for an inning or so during a TV broadcast and he gave some amazing insights into what was going on out on the field. I really can’t remember him making a bad play on the base paths or in the field. He knows what to do on the field and why. Anyway, this weekend I am going to add another Oscar nominated film to the ones I have seen and I guess it better be the Dallas Buyers Club. Thanks for the tip. Thanks again for posting. Go Giants!!

Don’t worry too much about burning alive. Usually people die from smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen rather than the actual burning. Still probably not pleasant though. You maybe can move it down the list below shark attack in space.

Reblogged this on THE LIGHTER SIDE OF SPORTS and commented:
I feel fairly safe that we won’t be losing our adorable first baseman to any of these disasters.
Belt talks about his fears.
“Lost in space, mid-air crash and being burned alive. That’s my order.”

Keep up with the yoga, it is soooooo good for you! It all has to do with flexibility. Glad you are trying to cut back on the Red Bulls…too much Caffiene is not good for the body. Love your movie reviews….keep them coming.

Cate Blanchett is a lock for best actress. Gravity will win best director and cinematography. 12 years a slave will take a lot of categories…adapted screenplay and probably best picture. This is so you can win your Oscar pool, Brandon. Keep up with the yoga, just don’t do Downward Facing Dog while you’re at first base.

I literally laughed out loud 3 times at this. You are so funny! And so real. Please don’t let the big leagues take your innocence away (you probably don’t want to hear that, but it’s wonderful!). And glad to hear about the Red Bulls. I swear your generation is going to have a higher incidence of heart attacks because of them. Congrats on the hits in your first game. Keep it up!

pretty much agree with your movie choices and very glad 12 Years a Slave took Best Picture. we have over looked our difficult slave history far too lone. good luck with the yoga! and keep up the good work. see you in Scottsdale!

Brandon, I am happy the blogs are back. I was really missing them. I am in Scottsdale for Spring Training and having the time of my life. Posting pics everyday to make my pals jealous. I bought a bottle of Olive Garden salad dressing for you last night, they sell it at the restaurant but they didn’t let me bring it into the game today at Talking Stick. Bummer! Keep the hilarious stories coming. P.S. I managed to squeeze a hug out of you last year at Spring Training, fingers crossed you’re feeling generous again this year😉 Keep it real!

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