Pablo Sandoval Leaves Game Sunday With ‘Lightheadedness’, Not In Lineup Monday
You probably don't remember, but this past November folks in the San Francisco Bay Area were freaking out -- Pablo Sandoval was considering leaving the Giants and signing with the Boston Red Sox. The sky was falling, and the Giants seemed unwilling to do anything about it.
Then Pablo signed a five-year, $95 million deal with Boston, plus a club option for 2020. The Giants actually relented and offered something close to that, although not as much, but Pablo said "No thanks." Reports were that he was miffed that the Giants didn't try harder to sign him.
The real reason? The Giants wanted him to lose weight, and Pablo didn't want to be hassled like that, man.
Fast forward to today. In a season in which he has avoided any serious injuries, Sandoval has 10 home runs. Giants' pitchers have nine. He's hitting .248 with 47 RBI -- he had 75 RBI the previous season in San Francisco.
This is hardly breaking news, but Pablo Sandoval is still fat. He left Sunday's game against the Blue Jays after scoring a run on a sacrifice fly. When he didn't return to the field in the bottom of the inning, the Red Sox said he was lifted due to "lightheadedness." Sandoval had reached on an infield hit, gone from first to third on another single, then scored on the sac fly.
This was obviously way too much running, and Sandoval took a seat -- he was out of today's lineup as well. The Red Sox said that he was dealing "with an illness" lately and that's why he was out of Monday's game. Could it be the "mid-back issues" that have dogged him this season, and led to him play only 126 games? Those "mid-back issues" are more than likely tied to his weight.
Sandoval left the Giants because they were always dogging him about his weight -- in David Letterman parlance, he is "a big tub of goo." They wanted to put him on a strict training regimen, and he refused. The Red Sox said that they wouldn't do that, and this was the result. Now he's showing signs of breaking down. But the problem is, Boston has him for four more seasons and still owes him $75 million.
So, we say an intervention is in order. Sandoval really is a likable guy and at 29, still can be a great player. But he needs to get in shape this offseason, and whether it's the Red Six training staff or Hanz and Franz or whomever, he needs to start his thirties with a new attitude and a smaller waist size.
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