Hudson’s Brandon Belt Wins Fan Vote, Will Play in All Star Game
'Brandon Belt leap frogs teammates after learning he won All Star Vote'. Man, that would be a great picture/headline combo if only it were true.
Yes, Belt, who played his high school ball at Hudson, Texas, did secure a spot on the National League All-Star roster through the MLB's Final Vote, but this gravity defying leap by the 6'5" Belt happened recently following a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brandon is a humble guy who mostly keeps his emotions in check, but somehow I envision his reaction to when he first got the news this afternoon to be similar to this clip from Major League.
Brandon Belt was one of 5 National Leaguers named as finalists for the one roster spot left for Tuesday's All-Star game in San Diego. Then, fans were given 4 days to vote for their favorite. Belt edge out Pittsburgh's Starling Marte for the roster spot. In fact, this was one of the closest races since the Final Vote feature began in 2002.
So now, our very own 'Baby Giraffe' will get to share the field with such notables as Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, Jose Altuve, Mike Trout and David Ortiz. Belt is one of three 1st basemen on the National League squad (Rizzo, Goldschmidt), so he will probably get his playing time late in the game, but he's just as much an All Star as anybody else on the team.
Heck, maybe he'll get the game winning hit in the 9th. If that happens, Belt may leap frog a light pole.