Pablo Sandoval’s Stomach Reports To Spring Training About 5 Minutes Before The Rest Of Him
It just doesn't seem like baseball is here until we get a report on how fat Pablo Sandoval is. Here he is below reporting to Red Sox camp, and let's just say that his stomach extends farther than the difference between Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. at the finish line of the Daytona 500.
You may recall that the Panda parted ways with the Giants in the 2014 off season in part because SF wanted restrictions on his weight, and Panda, entering free agency, balked at that. So he signed with the Red Sox, because their training table had better food.
Last season Panda reported to spring training bigger than ever, and had his worst season -- .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI, and a sub-.300 OBP, in 126 games. So did he dedicate himself to slimming down for 2016?
— Charlie (@SnoTapWI) February 22, 2016
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe:
He was in a great mood. He said he has nothing to prove. He said he has no idea what he weighs. In a contradiction of what we’ve been told by Torey Lovullo, John Farrell, and Dave Dombrowski, Pablo said that nobody in Sox management asked him to lose weight during the offseason.
"I started working out to prepare myself to be an athlete in the field," Sandoval said. "So that's what I do. I don't try to lose weight. I don't try to do nothing. I just try to put in my work, feel better, the things that I can do in the field to be better...so that's what I do."
As he proved with the Giants, Sandoval does his best work when his weight is down -- but it's not a personal priority. The refrigerator is in his blind spot, and he either doesn't know or care. Boston finished in last place in 2015, and one would think that Pablo would be a bit pissed off about that. Apparently not.
Evelle: "These balloons blow up into any funny shapes at all?"
Store clerk: "Yeah, if you consider round funny."
Yes. Yes we do.
Pablo Sandoval is really two David Eckstein's trying to sneak into a movie without having to buy two tickets.
— Stephen Douglas (@Stephen_Douglas) February 22, 2016
UPDATE: Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski says he's "not concerned" with Sandoval's weight. SportsNet:
“He’s always been a big guy,” Dombrowski said Monday. “He has one of those bodies that is not a svelte body, and I’ve been around other people in that regards. Our people here, once he reported the first day, he did drills, they said he moved around great, better than he did last year at the end of the season. They call him Panda for a reason."
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