4. Three home runs against the Padres
The San Francisco Giants were going nowhere in 2013.
But in September of that year, the Giants came alive, building momentum for 2014. and Pablo Sandoval was a big part of it.
On September 4, Sandoval hit three home runs against the San Diego Padres. It was a bright spot in a season where they ended up 76-86.
While lacking the majesty of a World Series, what was impressive about these three big flies is two of them went the opposite way at Petco Park, and he hit his first homer in the fifth inning.
The Giants won that game 13-5.
Even though it was a down year for Sandoval and the Giants, hitting three home runs in one game is something very few players do.
Sandoval ended the season hitting .278 with 14 home runs and 79 RBI. His on-base percentage was a respectable .341.
This was not the first time the Giants had some magic in San Diego that year.
Lincecum threw a no-hitter in July of that year, and then again next year against the Padres at AT&T Park.
Maybe the Giants can bring back Lincecum this year too so we can finally beat the Padres again.