Back in 2011 the Pablo Sandoval reported to Spring Training in Arizona looking much like, well, a Panda Bear, to the chagrin of the powers that be for the SF Giants.
The Panda belongs to the Boston Red Sox now and is no longer the problem of Bruce Bochy and the San Francisco Giants. I get that. But I’ve had so many searches on my blog today looking for for David Letterman’s Top 10 List on Pablo Sandoval that aired last night, I had to dig it up and view it myself.
I never personally cared about Pablo’s weight while he was with the Giants because to tell you the truth it didn’t seem to slow him down much. He wasn’t hitting as well, but he could sure round the bases at top speed when he needed to and he dove and caught most of the in-flight balls and grounders that headed his way towards third base. He never lost the fan base, they loved him, even though the press rode him pretty hard about it.
So now it appears the Panda’s put on another few pounds and it’s going to be interesting to see how the Red Sox organization deals with it. I wonder if there’s a “Panda Pounds” clause in his new contract?
Because, honestly, if he keeps his stats and numbers up, who cares?