My lunch with Brandon (Belt) 

May, 7, 2013

The mystery of San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, my 17th-rated prospect in baseball going into the 2011 season, only deepened this spring when he had a strong March statistically but seemed to maintain the bad habits at the plate that plagued him in the second half of 2012.

I sat down with Belt, an ardent fan of the Olive Garden restaurant chain, over lunch last week at one of Phoenix's best restaurants, the new location of Pizzeria Bianco in the Town & Country shopping center, serving the original's famous pizzas as well as fresh pasta made in-house. The conversation focused on his swing mechanics, but I admit to an ulterior motive of introducing Belt to my kind of Italian food.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer