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'Mr. 18th inning' Brandon Belt strikes again in Giants' win over Rockies

'Mr. 18th inning' Brandon Belt strikes again in Giants' win over Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt has made a lot of claims over the years that might not hold up under cross examination.

He says he’s the best swimmer from his county in Texas, though the only proof of this is that he once allegedly went swimming in a minor league dugout during a rain delay. His vertical apparently is NBA-worthy. He once said he was the best soccer player from his hometown, although it should be noted here that Clint Dempsey is also from Nacogdoches. 

There is no denying, though, that Belt is likely correct with the claim he made at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. 

"I'm the best 18th inning player ever," he said, laughing as he headed for a long overdue shower. 

Sounds about right. 

Belt mercifully got everyone heading towards the exits when he led off the bottom of the 18th inning with a double that went about 420 feet and missed being a walk-off by inches. He scored on Erik Kratz's grounder to second, sliding safely into home as the Giants beat the Rockies 3-2 in a marathon that lasted five hours and 35 minutes.

This matched the longest game in Oracle Park history, and none of the current Giants were around when they tangled with the Diamondbacks for 18 innings in 2001. But many on the roster played in Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS, a legendary postseason game that was decided when Belt took Tanner Roark deep in the 18th inning. 

"I'm 2 for 2 in the 18th, peeps," Belt said.

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Who else can say that? Thus, this claim is one that Belt can hold for the rest of his career. It sounds like he will.

"I'm Mr. 18th inning," he said. "Right next to Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter."

Field to Table: How to make Oracle Park's Crazy Crab Sandwich at home

Field to Table: How to make Oracle Park's Crazy Crab Sandwich at home

It was more than just a kooky mascot that roamed Oracle Park and captured our hearts. It captured our taste buds as well. 

With Giants baseball on indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to bring the ballpark to you by creating the Crazy Crab Sandwich at home.

NBC Sports Bay Area has teamed up with Wine.com to create the "Field to Table" cooking show, where we'll attempt to cook our favorite ballpark treats from home.

Giants studio host Kelli Johnson, Giants insider Alex Pavlovic and "Shelter on Base/Triples Alley" member Anthony Garcia all attempt to make the Oracle Park delicacy from scratch in the second installment of "Field to Table."

Here's the recipe they used:

- Crabmeat (pasteurized)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- Lemon wedges
- Sliced sourdough bread
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Sliced tomato
- Garlic (1 clove, chopped)
- Parsley (chopped)
- Salt and pepper to taste

[RELATED: How to make Oracle Park's famous garlic fries at home]

Check out the video above to see their cooking skills on display.

Receive $25 off a $100-or-more order on Wine.com by using the promo code "NBCSPORTS"

Giants encouraged by how players are handling early safety protocols

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Giants encouraged by how players are handling early safety protocols

The owners and players don't appear to be any closer to a resolution that will allow baseball to return to the field this summer, but behind the scenes, the Giants haven't allowed that to be too discouraging. They know that at any moment they might get word that they have to rush to San Francisco for Spring Training 2.0, and they're trying to stay ready.

While players have mostly been diligently working out at home since camp ended in March, the Giants quietly opened up their Scottsdale facility last month to further ramp things up. Players who live in the area have been allowed to come in to work out, although there is a limit on how many staffers can be in the building at one time and visits are staggered to allow for proper distancing. 

During a recent appearance on KNBR, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said he was encouraged by the way players are going about their workouts when allowed into the facility, calling it a positive development. 

"One of the realities of our situation is it's going to be a different experience for players and staff coming to the ballpark," Zaidi said. "What it means to even get in the front door, frankly, but then what it's going to look like inside. For us to be able to ramp that facility up and in very limited numbers have people coming through, players coming through, going through individual workouts, it's exposed them to what it's going to be like."

If the game resumes, the ramp-up from this point will be significant. The Giants are talking every day about what a shortened season might look like, sharing ideas on how to allow the players and coaches to properly train. 

While the organization has not fully decided if their three-week training period will take place at Scottsdale Stadium or Oracle Park, the strong lean is to return to San Francisco. While Scottsdale Stadium provides an extra field, more bullpen mounds, and a new state-of-the-art weight room and training facility, Giants employees believe that San Francisco is safer overall, having made a much stronger commitment to trying to flatten the curve. A few high-ranking team employees who stayed in Arizona originally have returned to the Bay Area.

Oracle Park is unmatched as a baseball stadium, but there will be complications for a second spring training and shortened season. The Giants have talked about putting up temporary batting cages in the concourses and creating new clubhouse and changing spaces to spread players and coaches out. 

This is all just the tip of the iceberg, and if the Giants get word that baseball is returning, it'll be a wild scramble to get everything in place. It'll be something unlike anything players have been through before, but the early signs are encouraging. 

[RELATED: What shortened season would have looked like for 2019 Giants]

"Our players that have come through (Scottsdale Stadium) have been awesome with complying with all the rules, some which I'm sure seem a little bit onerous under the circumstances, but again it's just the reality of the situation that we're in," Zaidi said. "We're going to have to do this on a much grander scale if we get going here in a couple of weeks. Seeing the players being so bought-in to the safety protocols we put in place, that's been a real encouraging sign, because we're going to need that on a broad scale."

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