In June, it looked like Brandon Belt's 2021 Major League Baseball season might be over.  Belt, who played his high school ball at Hudson, Texas near Lufkin, injured his knee while heading to home plate in a game.  At first, there was discussion that the inflamed knee may require season-ending surgery.  But, Belt decided to visit two highly renowned orthopedists and they concluded that his injury could be treated through extensive rehabilitation.  Through this treatment, the starting first baseman for the San Francisco Giants would have the chance to return before the season was over.

Let's flash forward to present day.  This past Thursday, Belt returned the Giant's line-up for the first time since June 23.  In that game against Arizona, Brandon had a hit in three at-bats, but then came Milwaukee.  San Francisco made to trip to Wisconsin to take on the Central leading Brewers in a three game series.

To say Brandon Belt was in the zone in that series is like saying the cold snap we had back in February was a little chilly.  How hot was he?  Craig Counsell, manager for the Brewers, stated in a post-series interview that Brandon Belt 'punished our mistakes this series'.

Punished, indeed.

Belt launched four homers in three games versus Milwaukee.  Those blasts went a long way into securing the Giants winning the series by taking two out of three games against the Brewers.

This has been a huge and, to some, a surprising year for the Giants.  Before the year started, San Francisco had a number of questions marks, but over 120 games into the season, the Giants have the best record in the major leagues.  Here's hoping the Giants stay hot and that Belt stays in the zone.  Who knows, maybe he'll be able to add another World Series ring to his collection.

On a quick side note, Belt will be hosting a huge fishing tournament in February on Lake Sam Rayburn.  Find out more about that in the video below.


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