Refresh  
  Page last updated on Mon May 30 20:10:36 EDT 2016
TOP NEWS
SANDOVAL NAMED WORLD SERIES MVP
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 02:30 AM EDT

Pablo Sandoval not only has baseball’s neatest nickname, Kung Fu Panda has a World Series MVP award to go along with it.

Sandoval took home the trophy following the San Francisco Giants’ sweep of Detroit, hitting .500 with 3 home runs, a double and 4 RBIs in 16 Series at-bats.

“I was ready for the moment,” he said after a 4-3 victory in 10 innings. “It’s just an amazing moment you’re never going to forget.”

Sandoval got the San Francisco Giants off to a powerful start by hitting 3 homers in the opener against the Tigers, becoming the 4th player to accomplish that feat in a World Series game.

He made his large league debut on Aug. 14, 2008, and earned his nickname just 4 weeks later. That Sept. 19 at Dodger Stadium, Sandoval scored from 2nd on Bengie Molina’s 1st-inning single off Greg Maddux, leaping sideways to avoid catcher Danny Ardoin’s lunging tag on the throw from center fielder Matt Kemp.

While Sandoval hit .330 in 2009 and came 2nd to Hanley Ramirez in the National League batting race, the Giants launched “Operation Panda” that offseason, telling him to dump the Big Macs, fries and milkshakes in favor of chicken breast on wheat bread, watermelon slices, bananas and oranges. He started lifting.

“I just want to keep that a secret,” he said 3 years back, trying to avoid an exact number.

By the point the 2010 World Series rolled around, when the Giants won their 1st title in 56 years, Sandoval was benched for 4 of 5 games following a slump. His weight had gone up again, and his batting average had gone down to .268. He made 13 errors and grounded into a league-high 26 double plays. Basketball lines

“I know it was a tough time in 2010 when he got relegated to the bench there,” manager Bruce Bochy expounded. “He really wanted to, I think, shine on stage. He is a great talent and we got him hot at the right time.”

Sandoval hit .369 this postseason with 5 doubles, 6 homers and 13 RBIs. Quite a turn-around from his .176 average with 2 RBIs 2 years back.

He has come a long way since then. He hired a personal chef. He ran up desert hills in Arizona in the offseason, causing him throw up continually. Sandoval’s average reflected back to .315, and he made his 1st All-Star team. Then at this summer’s showcase in Kansas City, he hit the 1st bases-loaded treble in All-Star history, a drive off Justin Verlander in a 5-run 1st inning that helped secure home-field advantage for the National League in the World Series.

After Sandoval went deep 3 times in the opener, matching the Series record shared by Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols, the Giants sold 760 more of their furry panda hats, including 466 at AT&T Park during Game Two. Venezuela President wrote on his social account, “Pablo going down in history!

“I still can’t believe that game. It’s the game of your dreams,” Sandoval expounded. “You do not really wish to wake up.”


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASEBALL 4/3/2016 - 6/4/2016
BASKETBALL 3/8/2016 - 4/12/2016
HOCKEY 3/8/2016 - 4/9/2016
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Golden State Warriors
2
Golden State Warriors
3
Oklahoma City Thunder
4
San Francisco Giants
5
Chicago Cubs
05/30/2016
MLBCIN REDS vs. COL ROCKIES (PROPS)1:10 PM PST
MLBSDG PADRES vs. SEA MARINERS1:10 PM PST
MLBLA DODGERS vs. CHI CUBS2:05 PM PST
MLBTEX RANGERS vs. CLE INDIANS3:10 PM PST
MLBWAS NATIONALS vs. PHI PHILLIES4:05 PM PST
MLBNY YANKEES vs. TOR BLUE JAYS (PROPS)4:05 PM PST
MLBPIT PIRATES vs. MIA MARLINS (PROPS)4:10 PM PST
NHLSJ SHARKS vs. PIT PENGUINS5:05 PM PST
MLBTB RAYS vs. KC ROYALS5:15 PM PST
NBAOKC THUNDER vs. GST WARRIORS6:00 PM PST
MLBDET TIGERS vs. LA ANGELS (PROPS)6:05 PM PST
05/31/2016
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceGRANOLLERS, MARCEL vs. THIEM, DOMINIC02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceDJOKOVIC, NOVAK vs. BAUTISTA-AGUT, ROBERTO02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesDODIG I / MELO M vs. GUCCIONE C / SA A02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesHERBERT P-H / MAHUT N vs. LOPEZ F / LOPEZ M02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceHALEP, SIMONA vs. STOSUR, SAMANTHA02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FrancePIRONKOVA, TSVETANA vs. RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceFERRER, DAVID vs. BERDYCH, TOMAS02:30 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceGOFFIN, DAVID vs. GULBIS, ERNESTS03:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceWILLIAMS, SERENA vs. SVITOLINA, ELINA04:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceSUAREZ NAVARRO, CARLA vs. PUTINTSEVA, YULIA04:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceWILLIAMS, VENUS vs. BACSINSZKY, TIMEA04:30 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceBERTENS, KIKI vs. KEYS, MADISON05:00 AM PST
MLBHOU ASTROS vs ARI DIAMONDBACKS12:40 PM PST
MLBSDG PADRES vs SEA MARINERS12:40 PM PST
MLBTEX RANGERS vs CLE INDIANS3:10 PM PST
MLBWAS NATIONALS vs PHI PHILLIES4:05 PM PST
MLBBOS RED SOX vs BAL ORIOLES4:05 PM PST
MLBNY YANKEES vs TOR BLUE JAYS4:05 PM PST
MLBPIT PIRATES vs MIA MARLINS4:10 PM PST
MLBSFO GIANTS vs ATL BRAVES4:10 PM PST
MLBCHI WHITE SOX vs NY METS4:10 PM PST
MLBLA DODGERS vs CHI CUBS5:05 PM PST
MLBSTL CARDINALS vs MIL BREWERS5:10 PM PST
MLBTB RAYS vs KC ROYALS5:15 PM PST
MLBCIN REDS vs COL ROCKIES5:40 PM PST
MLBDET TIGERS vs LA ANGELS7:05 PM PST
MLBMIN TWINS vs OAK ATHLETICS7:05 PM PST
06/01/2016
NHLSJ SHARKS vs PIT PENGUINS5:05 PM PST

x