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    In case you haven't caught on to the latest "in" thing for Giants fan, here's your chance to catch up.

    Rookie Brandon Belt is not only a fan favorite, he now has a new nickname and it comes with head gear.

    Belt is coming to be known as the baby giraffe.

    It started out as a simple comment by announcer Duane Kuiper after Belt chased down a fly ball.  He quipped that Belt looked like a baby giraffe as he wobbled a bit to get to the ball.  Belt is 6'5" and only 220 pounds with long legs and a long neck, so he fits the bill.

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    Now, people, including Belt, are embracing the name.

    A woman in the stands wore a giraffe hat to Wednesday night's game and got lots of attention from the announcers on Comcast.  

    Be ready to see more of those giraffe hats starting in the Houston series.

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    Belt wrote a blog about the new title and seems to like it:

    Kuip makes one remark during a broadcast about me looking like a baby giraffe – I guess I looked a little wobbly chasing down a fly ball in the outfield — and everybody loved it. Now I see signs all over. Even when I was down in San Jose and Fresno, I saw Baby Giraffe signs. My wife Hayley thinks it’s hilarious. When I was a kid, girls use to tell me I looked like a monkey. I’ve been called animal names all my life. So as you might imagine, I like Baby Giraffe a lot more.

    Belt said in that same blog that he knows he needs to take the game seriously, but not himself.

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    He told Showtime's "The Franchise" that he is also known as "the most awkward man in the world."

    Belt's family showed they had a sense of humor about the whole thing when they all showed up to the game in Houston last weekend wearing tshirts that read "Keep Brandon Awkward." There was a cartoon of a giraffe on the shirt.