Giants first baseman Brandon Belt won the MLB Final Vote contest to claim the last spot on the National League All-Star team, the league announced Friday.
While he had faith in the tech savvy Bay Area fans, it wasn’t an easy process for him.
“I was pretty there nervous towards the end,” the fourth-year pro admitted before Friday’s game against the Diamondbacks. “I didn’t think about it a lot until right around 1 o’clock today. So, I lost my appetite a little bit, had some stomach rumblings — don’t put that on air.”
For the record: He had a burger, but not all of it, and deviled eggs, he said.
Belt didn’t do well in Canada, where he earned just 11.6 percent of the vote — good for dead last place among NL players.
“They hate me,” he said. “Everyone hates me in Canada, and I love Canada. I don’t know what the deal is, but they do not like me, and I’m not sure what happened.”
What makes matters worse, Belt counts himself as a big fan of one of Canada’s favorite daughters.
“I love Shania Twain,” Belt said. “[She] might be the best-looking woman ever from Canada.”
Twain was born in Windsor, Ontario, across the river from Detroit. So Belt was correct in his assumption of the singer’s country of origin.
Canada wasn’t on board with his candidacy, but his manager was.
“He owes me,” Bruce Bochy said. “I actually put some votes in.”
Belt fully deserved his spot in the Midsummer Classic by having a fantastic first half. He trails just Anthony Rizzo in wRC+ — a statistic that measures runs creates while taking park advantages out of the equation, according to Fangraphs.
Karl Buscheck contributed to this report.