My name is Melodie Durham. I’m a retired Firefighter and small business owner in Napa Ca. I’ve been a Giants fan since the early 70’s when I used to listen to games on the radio with my grandfather. I’ve had season tickets from 2003 – 2007 and again from 2015 to the present. (Unfortunately my career got in the way of baseball for a few years there)
The idea for the giraffe outfits came from Brandon Belt’s “Re-brand Brandon” commercial in spring of 2016. I’ve been a huge fan of Brandon Belt since he came up in 2011. When Kuip came up with the “Baby Giraffe” nickname the same year, and it stuck, everybody’s favorite first baseman became even more beloved! Now I just had to find a friend who was crazy enough to do this with me! One friend came to mind immediately! Diane Lindwall is an elementary school teacher, a wife and mother of an adorable 2-year-old. And she is even crazier than I am!
We had only planned to wear them the one day but we had so much fun we decided to wear them whenever we had the chance. And every time we did, it was just as much fun! People, even fans of the opposing teams, were cracking up and asking for pictures with us. We were so blown away by people asking to take pictures with us that at one game against the Dodgers we actually started counting. We stopped counting at 150 pictures - with fans from both teams! It was so bizarre and such a blast! That old saying “If you want to be happy, make other people happy” is SO true!
We still wear the giraffe suits from time to time and really enjoy all the smiles the outfits get. Like everyone else, we’re bummed that we can’t be at the ballpark this year. We miss it and our Giants. But we’re happy that our cut outs are there to virtually cheer on our favorite player and our favorite team! And hopefully we’ll see “the Baby Giraffe” back in the lineup soon!