Panda shows up early to display new form and rejuvenated want to win in Boston
Red Sox 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval has shown up early to Spring Training which is music to the fans ears especially after the last two seasons have just been ugly. I’ve got to admit I was strictly in the time to dump him group after he didn’t even come close to meeting expectations. However, if Panda showed up early, in shape, eager to work out and show everyone especially the doubters that he can still get the job done, all the more power to him.
I’ve got to give him credit because after the amount of negative energy going his way, I can’t imagine how hard it was for him to turn it around. Sandoval admitted that he became complacent after receiving his big 5 year $95 million dollar contract with the Red Sox before the 2015 season began. He didn’t have to show up until next Friday for the teams’ first full squad workout, he’s a week early. If that doesn’t show initiative, then I don’t know what does. Sandoval ended last season after not reaching base in any of his 6 at bats. Panda managed to strike out four times before having season ending surgery to repair his shoulder. Not the prettiest way to go out.
Some teammates have raved about his performance so far. JBJ stated that he’s “worked his tail off,” according to the Boston Globe. He’s got something to prove and this is going to be the year where he does better than the last two combined given his new found work ethic. Sandoval opted not to play for his native Venezuela so that he could be 100% guaranteed ready to play for the Red Sox in 2017 and I think that’s something that everyone should take note and appreciate.
With Pablo Sandoval coming back this season for real this time, it fills a partial void left by David Ortiz, the former Red Sox slugger who will forever be remembered as the real Mr. October retiring at the end of the 2016 season. I’m now finding myself really excited to see Pablo Sandoval turn it around for 2017. Panda Power is real.