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So far the 2014 San Francisco Giants’ season has been one of extreme highs and extreme lows. Not long ago the Giants had the best record in the major leagues and a 9.5 game lead in the Western Division. They followed that up by losing 15 of 19 games and landing a half game back behind rival LA Dodgers on July 1.
But, as the old cliché goes, there’s a lot of baseball left. And second place lasted approximately 24 hours. Last night Tim Lincecum followed up his no hitter with eight shut out innings, Pablo Sandoval hit his 100th career home run, the Giants regained first place and all feels right in the Giants’ world.
Missing from much of the yo-yo madness of the first half of the 2014 Giants’ season has been first baseman Brandon Belt. Belt’s personal season has mimicked the Giants tumultuous one; a great high followed by a great low. Belt got off to one of the hottest starts in the Majors, hitting nine home runs in 35 games before being sidelined on May 9 when he suffered a broken thumb after being hit by a pitch.
But, like the Giants, Brandon Belt looks to be coming back stronger than ever.
Brandon Belt is one of the team’s most beloved players. He can hit the long ball, has stellar defense, and kills it on karaoke. Fans are even more endeared to him because of his baby giraffe-like demeanor and approachable southern charm. He’s the kind of guy that promises (and delivers) a home run for a 12-year old cancer survivor – and signs the ball for the girl with the message, “To Lyndsey, My Good luck charm. — Brandon Belt.”
Even as he makes national headlines, Brandon Belt’s life outside of the spotlight is fairly conventional. He grew up in a small town in Texas, married a girl from his high school, moved out of the City to quieter part of the Bay Area, and is expecting his first child this September.
And so it came as no surprise to me when Brandon Belt opened his doors for Coldwell Banker as part of their Home Field Advantage video series that Belt’s house could easily belong to someone I know. A simple house on a quiet street. Not too flashy. Not too big. For Brandon and his wife Haylee, simple factors like the warmer weather, a neighborhood feel and extra space were important when selecting their new home.