Pablo Pablo Pablo Pablo!
Pablo! Pablo Pablo Pablo? Pablo. Pablo Pablo Pablo … Pablo. Pablo Pablo Pablo! From the USA Today:
Three months after winning his second World Series in three years with the San Francisco Giants, the burly third baseman earned a title in front of his home fans Wednesday by powering the Navegantes del Magallanes to an 11-9 win over the Cardenales de Lara in the decisive Game 7 of the Venezuelan winter league final.
Sandoval said he had to do some convincing to get the Giants to agree to let him play at home. The team has expressed concern in the past about Sandoval's tendency to gain weight when he returns to Venezuela, where he's hailed as a hero for his exploits there and in the majors.
In video clips, Sandoval did not appear any heavier or lighter than last season
Okay, that's about enough of that. I wanted to see if I could write an entirely Malkovich-style post. The answer is no. But when I read news like that up there, that Pablo Sandoval had a monster postseason in Venezuela, it makes me shout, "Pablo!"
It wasn't all gravy for Sandoval*. Even though he hit .333 with three homers, nine RBI, and a .733 slugging percentage in the playoffs, he didn't do so well in the regular season, hitting just .229 with one homer in 35 at-bats before being sidelined with colitis. He also led the league in "IMPULSADAS" according to the team's official site. Now, my Spanish is a bit rusty, but I'm pretty sure that translates to "Impulsive swings at pitches way out of the strike zone." :(
But this is news for a couple of reasons. The first is that you might not have known Sandoval was doing just fine after his stomach issues. He is. He's hittin' dingers. The second is that he isn't 490 pounds and washing himself with a rag on a stick, which seems to be an overwrought concern these days. The third piece of news is that Sandoval is awesome:
If you were wondering why players spend their free time doing the same damn thing they do during their regular-season day job, check out that crowd. I'm about to beat Portal 2, and while it will probably feel as good and accomplished as that home run, it's certainly not going to get much better.
I'll start up with the Community Projections soon. but here's a spoiler: I'm having those post-Series pangs of slightly unreasonable and bullish optimism with regards to one Pablo Sandoval. Here's a relevant link. Don't stare at Gr DON'T STARE AT GRADY SIZEMORE'S NAME. Look at most of the names around him.
Pablo! Looking forward to watching him this year. I'm thinking he'll be better, and he was pretty danged good last season.
* Not an intentional fat joke, but by not changing it and by calling attention to it in this footnote, I seems as if I am implicitly approving of fat jokes, which couldn't be further from the truth.