Brandon Belt won't be taking home National League rookie of the year honors, but he's received something much cooler.
The San Francisco Giants first baseman picked up the nickname "Baby Giraffe" from TV broadcaster Duane Kiper because he thought Belt looked and moved around the field like one.
And now an actual baby giraffe has been named "Brandon" in tribute to the Giants rookie. The giraffe was born at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California on Friday, August 27.
CBS 13 Sacramento reports the 6'2" baby was born to seven-year-old mother Makali and the sire, seven-year old Nyumekye. By the way, the baseball Brandon is listed at 6'5."
Brandon the Giraffe is projected to mature into an animal that is more than 18 feet tall. Brandon the Giant won't be quite as tall.
Expected to add an impact bat to a light-hitting lineup, the Giants rookie has been a big disappointment this season. Belt, the pride of Nacogdoches, Tex. is hitting just .219 with five homers and 12 RBI's in 45 games this season for the World Champs.
It gets better: the two Brandons reportedly will meet for the first time later this week.