the weight of the world

There’s been a lot of talk about Pablo’s weight, about his eating habits, about his training and commitment. There’s the World Series breakfast story from Buster Olney. Jeff Fletcher had a story at AOL’s Fanhouse. Bruce Jenkins had a great story at the SFChron. There was even a sad photo at Deadspin and another here.

But Henry Schulman at the Chron had it best: “The Giants plan to use a carrot-and-stick approach with Pablo Sandoval’s conditioning this winter. If he does not eat enough carrots, they might stick him in Fresno to start the 2011 season.”

Schulman also quoted SFGM Brian Sabean: “

“I
think we learned a lesson as an organization that we probably put him
too far out there,” Sabean said. “In some ways, it worked against him
having to live up to that hype. We’re not going to make that same mistake with (Buster) Posey. We’re
going to try to let these guys fly under the radar because we know that
the second time around they’re marked men, and in Pablo’s case he’s got
a lot of work to do.”

The bottom line is that the guy can hit. He has hit and he will hit, but I don’t know for how long or for what team. It’d be a shame if the Giants give up on him, bench him, demote him to the minors, give him away to another club.

He isn’t playing winter ball. He isn’t going home to Venezuela, easier since his Mom’s here. He is going to put in the work. He may bounce back and have a great 2011.

In the end though, you can see how this game turns out. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up a very successful DH.

On the lighter side, Here’s our Panda having fun:

Panda’s big game

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After a foul call took away extra bases, the Panda took a
deep breath and came through with a huge hit in the NLCS Game 4, turning a
one-run deficit into a one-run lead. Sure, the Phils tied it up later, and
Pablo hit into (yet another) double play, but that moment was sweet. The Panda
screamed, clapped, pumped up the crowd and the whole team.

 

“When I came back, Bochy was talking to the umpire … I
just calmed myself down. Count to 10. Breathe. Get a pitch you can hit a
flyball or to the middle. Don’t try to do too much.”

“This game is emotional,” Sandoval said.
“You have to calm yourself down a bit sometimes.”

“I just tried to get a pitch to hit the ball in the air, to tie the
game,” Sandoval said. “He made a mistake.”

When will Pablo Sandoval play?

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What could make the Giants’ wonderful playoff run even better? A contribution from Kung Fu Panda.

When? At home, facing a righty? Game 4, I hope.

Is Pablo grumpy?

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No, I’m happy
… You have good moments and bad moments. You have to learn. You have to keep
your head up. I’m happy when the team wins. That’s just the way I am.”

— Pablo in the Denver Post

What’s wrong with Pablo Sandoval?

From Andrew Baggarly

The Giants didn’t need
unexpected power from the bottom of their lineup. They just needed their
best hitter to come through. Unfortunately for them, their Panda seems
to have forgotten his Kung Fu grip.

Sandoval is getting tied in
knots by inside fastballs and is in perhaps the deepest slump of his
young career. For the season, Sandoval is 0-for-13 when batting with two
outs and a runner in scoring position. For the month, he’s hitting .071
(2 for 28).

Sandoval struck out on three consecutive pitches —
all swing-and-miss inside fastballs from Mike Pelfrey — to strand Aaron
Rowand at third base in the fifth.

Sandoval came to the plate in
the ninth with the tiebreaking run at second base but fouled out when Davis
flipped over the dugout rail while making a spectacular catch.

“He’s
pressing. He’s really fighting it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
“You know, he’s our guy. He helps make it go. We’re trying to get it
done until he gets going again. Pablo is going to have his little
streaks, too.

“The guy can hit. He’ll come out of it.”

Sandoval,

23, was found to have a slight astigmatism in an offseason eye exam; he
has alternated between sports glasses, contact lenses and nothing at
all. The tinkering is part of the natural compulsion that all slumping
hitters feel, Bochy said.

Sandoval insisted he is seeing the ball
fine. He had a lengthy pregame session with hitting coach Hensley
Meulens and said he’d look at video to break down each of his at-bats
Friday.

His swing might not be the same. But his high-energy
spirit seems to be.

“Nah, I’m fine,” he said. “It’s part of the
game. I feel great, and I’ve been working hard. “… Everybody passes
through these moments. To get out (of them), you have to be 100 percent
positive.”

He’ll re-find his mojo. I’m 100 percent positive.



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