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Monday BP, 1/7/19

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This Wednesday, Pablo Sandoval will honor Bruce Bochy as part of the 5th Annual Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards ceremony, which you’ll be able to see on Sunday, January 13th at 7pm if you have NBC Sports Bay Area.

The purpose of this event:

“The Annual Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards is an extraordinary evening where professional athletes share their personal stories of how their coaches influenced their lives,” said Wally Haas, founder and board chair, Coaching Corps. “At Coaching Corps, we believe all young people should have access to the lasting life lessons instilled by compassionate coaches. The generous support from our event sponsors ensures that we can reach as many children as possible.”

This is ostensibly a charity event for youth coaching with some professional athletes providing an awareness boost. Other participants this evening include (among others) Klay Thompson, Marcus Semien, and Charles Woodson.

Despite everything that happened ahead of Pablo Sandoval’s exit after 2014, what remained was his undying affection and loyalty towards Bruce Bochy — indeed, he was the only person Pablo “missed” after leaving the team. That was one of the strongest reasons why he was able to come back in 2017 — not every bridge had been burned, and with Brian Sabean no longer handling the day to day, it was only “personal” in a positive way.

Will Pablo talk about all the reasons why he loves Bruce Bochy, or will it just be a 10 minute speech talking about why he should be a regular relief pitcher in 2019? Tune in to find out.

In the meantime, while we can probably all think of bad coaches we’ve had or witnessed, I can think of a couple of coaches in my life who had a profound impact on it. How about you?