The Los Angeles Dodgers will be pleased to see another captain type exiting stage right in the Bay Area this year, as Brandon Belt continued the dismantling of the Even Year Magic Giants this past week by departing for the Toronto Blue Jays.
He followed Buster Posey out the door; the catcher's surprise retirement following the 2021 season might have tilted the Giants' axis back toward normalcy and away from the 107-win aberration the year prior.
While the Giants certainly used a lot of cash this offseason, they opted not to retain Belt, part of the fabric of their franchise, even after losing out on big names like Aaron Judge and settling for mid-tier targets like Mitch Haniger, Michael Conforto, and, uh, Ross Stripling.
Belt's attempt to bounce back to his 2021 levels and shake off injury concerns will continue north of the border in the AL East, though the Dodgers were very interested in bringing him to Los Angeles ...
... Just kidding. Belt claimed as much live on the air with the Giants fans of KNBR, but it turned out he was just lying and would never consider such a defection. Cool?
Former San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt almost signed with the Dodgers...just kidding!
Couldn't even keep a straight face or hold the pause. That's a pure-blood San Francisco Giant right there -- well, except for the Blue Jays cap upon his head.
Belt's antipathy towards the Dodgers has manifested itself for years, and harkens back to a bygone era when MLB players despised each other as much as opposing fans do now.
Back at Spring Training 2022, this innocent Dodgers fan repping Mookie Betts thought Belt might seek him out of the crowd and toss him a ball out of the kindness of his heart. No dice, kid! Try again with an overcoat on!
Belt can now take his shenanigans to the AL East, where Red Sox and Yankees fans don't take too kindly to tricks and goofs.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been declaring themselves World Series champions for years now, though, so Belt's hilarious sarcasm should fit right into that clubhouse.