Brandon Belt

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins at Oracle Park in April.

hat if Belt stays healthy for the rest of the season?

Nobody in sports wants to be part of a what-if conversation that looks backward. The whole implication is grim. “What if?” suggests that something critical was left on the table, an opportunity lost, and the people who play games for a living already know that such is the razor’s edge upon which they always dance. It’s part of the deal.

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Mark Kreidler is a freelance contributor to The Examiner. Read more of his columns at

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