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The Panda is Hungry

Pablo is training in AZ with a group called Triple Threat Performance. Check them out on Facebook, with posts like these:

The
Panda is committed. After losing 14 lbs in his first two weeks at TTP,
Pablo is coming in early on a saturday morning to get it in.

and

“The Panda is Hungry”

Let’s hope for good results!

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.”

Operation Panda

Here’s the latest on Pablo at home in the Venezuelan Winter League. He got a late start after spending the start of the season in personal training in the US. But, no surprise, he’s right on target with a .924 OPS

2009 Winter League
Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
MAG VWL .366 17 71 15 26 5 0 2 15 37 5 11 0 0 .403 .521 .924

Giants farmhand Garrett Broshuis wrote a very interesting article on minor league eating

If you missed it, here are a couple of photos of the Panda from November:
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In
this photo taken Thursday Nov. 19, 2009, San Francisco Giants third
baseman Pablo Sandoval carefully selects items for lunch following a
workout at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The ‘Operation Panda’
shape-up program is full steam ahead for San Francisco’s free-swinging
slugger, who used to fuel up on pizza and his McDonald’s favorites of
Big Macs, fries and milkshakes.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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In
this photo taken Thursday Nov. 19, 2009, San Francisco Giants third
baseman Pablo Sandoval, center, gets instruction from strength and
conditioning coordinator Ben Potenziano, right, about what to eat for
lunch following a morning workout at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The ‘Operation Panda’ shape-up program is full steam ahead for San
Francisco’s free-swinging slugger, who used to fuel up on pizza and his
McDonald’s favorites of Big Macs, fries and milkshakes.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Panda cleans up at plate

Janie Mccauley, AP Baseball Writer, wrote a great story about Sandoval’s fall slimming regimen, “Operation Panda.” Not only weight training, also diet training:

“I’m a Latin American dude. I eat rice and beans, and I eat a lot.”

“This is one of those things you wake up, you
want to work out, you want to do your thing and get ready for next
season,” Sandoval said. “You want to learn things for your life, for
your career.

“I do this for the fans, for the team but
especially for my career. I don’t want to have only a five-year career.
I want to have a longer career. That’s what I’m thinking about right
now. Now I feel great. I’m going to do it, do it, do it.”

The other news is that the Giants’ GM named Pablito as next year’s clean up hitter. “We’re operating under the presumption Pablo’s the fourth hitter,”
Sabean said. “In a perfect world, you’re hoping to find more of a sure
thing as a third hitter or fifth hitter than somebody hitting the ball
out of the ballpark.”

He doesn’t make any sense. Sandoval proved to be the best thing the Giants have had for the last few years. He’d be the best choice at the 2nd through 5th spot in the order. Wake me up when they get someone more “sure” to hit third.

“You better get ready for next year!”

From Baggs’ gamer:

San Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval connects for a solo home run.

Sandoval, their
23-year-old ball of energy whose final swing allowed him to finish
second in the National League with a .330 average while hitting 25 home
runs and driving in 90 runs.

He flipped over the
dugout rail while making a spectacular catch of a foul pop in the
seventh inning, then he skipped around the bases with both arms raised
after crushing a solo home run in the 10th.

Sandoval’s 444-foot monster shot made the difference in a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

“I can’t believe it, you know?” said
Sandoval, who only broke his silver rosary on his head-over-heels
catch. “Every time I went to my house from the ballpark I say, ‘Thank
God for giving me the chance to play baseball every day.’ I’m excited
to be in the big leagues and to do well.”

Not including Barry Bonds, Sandoval became just the second Giant in seven seasons to hit 25 homers. Ray Durham hit 26 in 2006. Sandoval also led the team with 52 walks.

“It was a good thump, I
know that,” Bochy said of Sandoval’s dugout catch. “Probably four or
five on the Richter (scale). But he’s so tough. He got back up and went
back out there.”

After the game, former Giant Kevin Mitchell
stopped by the clubhouse and told Sandoval to keep working hard.
Sandoval pledged to arrive in spring training in the best shape of his
life.

“You better get ready for next year!” he yelled.

Panda’s Plans

610x.jpgSan Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval, left, scores on a single ...
AP

Mon Sep 21, 11:23 PM ET

San
Francisco Giants’ Pablo Sandoval, left, scores on a single by Bengie
Molina as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher John Hester catches the ball
during the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, in
Phoenix.

(AP Photo/Matt York)

Pablo’s looking forward to a three-week course in “fitness and nutritional training.

“I do want to get better,” Sandoval said. “I want to get in good shape
and get ready for next season. I don’t want to get hurt. I don’t want
to play 120 games. I want to play 162 games.”

But first, some R&R. At season’s end, he’ll go to “Venezuela for some family time, then go to Florida to take his little girl to Disney World.”