Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Panda is back

After flaming out in Boston, Pablo Sandoval is back with the Giants. OK, it's the San Jose Giants but it seems like a low-cost risk for the club until Christian Arroyo is ready. Here's the top of the SF Chronicle's story --

It was Christmas in July at San Jose Municipal Stadium on Saturday night, and the San Jose Giants’ festive red-and-green jerseys weren’t the only attention-grabbers on the field.
Pablo Sandoval, one of the pillars of the San Francisco Giants’ championship runs in 2010, 2012 and 2014, was back in the minor leagues for his former major-league team. Hours after expressing regrets at how he handled his abrupt departure from the Giants, Sandoval’s redemption tour continued 50 miles south as the designated hitter for the Giants’ California League affiliate.
Wearing a jersey with his familiar No. 48 — adorned with Christmas trees on this promotional evening — Sandoval received loud cheers from the crowd as he stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He singled and later drove in a run on ground out, finishing 1-for-4 with a walk in San Jose’s 5-4 loss.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said Bruce Gatjen of Sunnyvale. “The fans and organization have nothing to lose. I’m happy he’s back. We need help at third base, and we just had recorded our first non-sellout game (at AT&T Park) in years — this could be what the team needs.”
A handful of fans were proudly wearing their Panda hats, and a scattering of his old jerseys dotted the crowd. One fan even bid the maximum $700 to win Sandoval’s Christmas jersey in a pre-game auction.


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