Earlier this week Pablo Sandoval made a big splash in the news when a pic of his giant gut was tweeted out for all to see. Now, many ballplayers are built like that one uncle you have who swears he can beat you in anything–well Pablo hit that point and kept on going to the night-shift cook at your local greasy diner.
Sandoval isn’t deaf or stupid, he has a computer and saw all the comments surfacing on the web and he has one thing to say to the haters: shut up.
“Let them talk, talk and criticize,” Sandoval said. “No matter what they say, it will never change me or the player that I am.
We live surrounded by critics, so let them talk, let them criticize me as much as they want,” he added, according to ESPN.com. “Ultimately that makes me a better player. What really matters is who you are when you step on the field, and I will let my bat and my glove speak for themselves. That’s the only way you can shut them up.”
Sandoval then went on to say that the photo was taken at a “bad angle” (seriously though any angle but the back or front is gonna bad bad) and added people should take it with a grain of salt. C’mon Sandoval, at 5’11” and 245 you can’t really think that excuse will work; simply put Sandoval is built like a Peeps marshmallow (new item to sell at Fenway?) but it’s something we knew going into this season and should have been aware of.
Honestly though, he’s a .280-.300 hitter who should be helped by hitting in Fenway and has shown some extreme pop at the plate. As long as he’s not morbidly obese and hits over .280 this season I don’t really care what he looks like, anything is a breath of fresh air after watching Will Middlebrooks day in and day out.
For what it’s worth, he also cranked one out of the park in BP the other day over the batting cages behind RF, so I guess the extra 50 pounds helps him out a bit in that department.