What a night for the big San Francisco Panda. For the first time in MLB’s storied history, Pablo Sandoval hit three home runs in his first three at-bats of a World Series game. Detroit Tigers ace and reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander and reliever Al Alburquerque never knew what hit them.
Pablo joined Albert Pujols (2011), Reggie Jackson (1977), and Babe Ruth (1926, 1928) as only the third player in baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game. It was an unusual victory for a team who only hit 103 home runs all season (dead last in the majors this season). In fact, Pablo has six homeruns in 13 postseason games after only hitting 12 during the 162-game regular season.
Talk about a man who came to compete with a championship on the line.
It’s a great story for Pablo Sandoval, who went undrafted back in 2002, and then began his professional baseball career two years later in Arizona’s rookie league as a catcher. Pablo was called up to the MLB in 2008 and battled his share of up’s and down’s. His San Francisco Giants ran a widely-publicized “Operation Panda” campaign in 2011 to get Pablo into better playing shape. He subsequently dropped over 30 pounds and put in an All-Star caliber performance during the season.
Pablo is a man who lives by the compete every day mentality. According to multiple sources, Kung Fu Panda attributes his success to his faith and that for him, it is incredibly important to “seize the opportunities in life offered by God and the need to fight tirelessly, not to survive, but to excel.”
Powerful words for the Giant who has kicked off baseball’s Fall Classic with not one, but three loud shots.