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Panda attacks conditioning program like a jelly donut

Nov 12, 2009, 12:16 AM EDT

pablo-sandoval-091111-915pm.jpgGood news for San Francisco fans: “Operation Panda” is underway, and if things continue at this pace, the Giants are going to be the biggest winners in the end.

Joan Ryan of the MLB.com blog Inside the Giants Clubhouse reports that budding star Pablo Sandoval has already dropped 10 pounds as he attacks his offseason conditioning program like a jelly donut, even though the season is still nearly five months away.

Head trainer Dave Groeschner said of the one-man camp: “We’ve never had a player do anything like this – ever.”

“There are no guys who show up in November to get ready for the season,” Groeschner says. “But this is something Pablo wanted to do. He knows how important it is for him and for the team that he has the endurance to play every game. And what he’s doing is not easy. It’s an entire life-style change.”

For the first time in his life, Sandoval is lifting weights. He’s eating vegetables. He is meeting every Wednesday while he’s in Scottsdale with a nutrition professor from Arizona State University, who is teaching him about healthy food choices and portion control. He and his brother, who Sandoval brought with him for motivation and support, are eating catered meals – delivered to the Giants complex every morning in a cooler — of low-cal entrees like broiled chicken or salmon, and lots of salads, veggies and fruits.

First of all, I love the term “portion control.” Don’t eat three chickens, Pablo, when one will fill you up just fine.

Secondly, the sloppy, overweight version of Sandoval is already a freak of nature, putting up a .333/.381/.543 line in his first full season while smashing 25 home runs and driving in 90 runs. All of this despite a portly physique (listed at 5-11, 245) and a Guerrero-esque penchant for swinging at anything within reach.

But now the Panda is getting serious. He’s replacing cheeseburgers with carrots, fat with muscle. Be afraid NL West. Be very afraid.

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  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Nov 12, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Be careful, Pablo. Think of all those guys who figured “a little more muscle will help me” and lost their flexibility and soon thereafter their careers. Eat healthier, but don’t forget the occasional cheeseburger, fries, and shake.
    “he attacks his offseason conditioning program like a jelly donut”–classic, bob.

  2. Old Gator - Nov 12, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Easily the greatest blog title in the history of this feature. Congratulations, Bob. Did you train in headline writing at The Weekly WOrld News, by any chance? And were you smoking an occasional joint in the stairwell at the time?

  3. Bleachermike - Nov 12, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    I think pablo should loose no more than 15-20 lbs this off season. don’t want too much of a dramatic change. let the rest come off during the yr when he is more active and still eating healthy

  4. Bob Harkins - Nov 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Yes Old Gator, because I attack headline writing the way Cheech & Chong attack … ummm, well, nevermind.

  5. CHA CHA - Nov 12, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    PLUS W/HIS NEW BATTING COACH (POOR CARNEY “SCAPEGOAT” LANSFORD)…JUST THINK WHAT WOULD HAPPEN/BE IF HE WAS A CARDINAL VS DA’GIANT THAT HE IS!? HE’D TURN INTO A HOMERUN/ROIDY BIRD KING W/OR W/O THE JELLY ROLL N/OR BIG MAC(CARDS NEW BATTTING COACH W/MORE OR LESS STRIKEOUTS 2 WIN THE DIVISION IS THE QUESTION??? OH, IF SF WANTED 2 1-UP THE STL THEY SHOULDA SIGNED BBONDS 4 THEIR NEW BATTING/PLAYER COACH (GOOD IN PINCH-HIT ROLES BUT WOULD STILL HAVE 2B TESTED)AT LEAST IT WOULD DRAW DA’FANS/ATTENDENCE, HA HA LOL!!!

  6. CHA CHA - Nov 12, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    BOB HARKINS IS BOOORING!!! WHATS HE GOT 2 SAY NEXT ON PORKY VALLEJO’S-CC SABATHIA OR PHILS HOWARD? WHERE IS LIKE THE “OLE PETE’E FRANKLIN” DA’TOILET FLUSHER WHEN WE NEED HIM?! (SF SPORTSHOW 1980′S-90′S DUDE PASSED, GOD BLESS PETE!)

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  9. Miranda Robinson - Jan 1, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    I found your site on yahoo. I couldn’t agree more. Weight loss isn’t rocket science like some people would have you believe. It just takes some dedication and discipline. I will definately be back to check your site.

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