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Pablo Sandoval is a rock star

Jan 29, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

Sandoval swing.jpgLast night Pablo Sandoval was in San Jose to drop the puck before the San Jose Sharks-Chicago Blackhawks game. Because of that, other Giants’ promotional obligations and the team’s desire to get his beefy butt back into Camp Panda, it was assumed that he would not be participating in tonight’s deciding game of the Venezuelan championship series between the Navegantes del Magallanes and the Leones de Caracas.

But wait? What’s that?! Why, that– that’s Kung-Fu Panda’s music!!!  That’s right. Pablo Sandoval just arrived at the ballpark in Caracas via helicopter to lead Navegantes del Magallanes into battle.  And it gets better: El Nacional reporter Alexander Mendoza reports that his flight was coordinated by the Venezuelan government just for the occasion.

Of course, it probably helps that Navegantes del Magallanes is reported to be President Hugo Chavez’s favorite team . . .

  1. snArky Vaughn - Jan 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Heard a good story today on KNBR, the Giants flagship station. Mike Krukow was talking with the morning show about Sandoval, his body type and such, and whether some people actually get worse when they lose weight.
    Krukow said that when he was on the Cubs, they told Rick Rueschel to lose weight. He did lose the weight but pitched terribly and they let him go back to his old eating habits.
    The funny part was that Krukow said that Rueschel was the SECOND FASTEST guy on that Cubs team.

  2. GimmeSomeSteel - Jan 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Rueschel was a fine athlete despite his appearance. Good hitter in addition to being a good pitcher.
    Getting back to the subject–Imagine that, the dictator arranging for his favorite team to win the league. If the Navegantes lose that game, a lot of players on both teams are going to get visits from Chavez’ goon squads.

  3. Anisa Kreissler - Jan 30, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    Sei Gegr

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