Madison Bumgarner is quick to remind Brandon Belt who hit the first home run between them this year.
Yes, the pitcher won that one.
And it is Bumgarner taking the credit for getting Belt back on track, too.
All but gone are those constant ''Baby Giraffe'' references to Belt and his long neck that he dealt with all of last season as a rookie, when someone even sent a giraffe plant to the clubhouse as a gift. While he has never minded his nickname much, he is a lot happier now being known for something else.
At last, the talk has turned to Belt's long swing. He is emerging as a steady force in the lineup the way the San Francisco Giants had so hoped he would.
It has been quite a process to get to this point, and this is only his second major league season.
''I think the game has slowed down and it has simplified,'' Belt said. ''I was trying to force hits out of myself.''
Some fans were down on him, others wanted him to just get his shot. Belt's bosses were growing impatient as ...