Pablo Sandoval should be on the San Francisco Giants Roster in 2018.
I know, I know. It’s blasphemous. But hear me out. There’s a pretty low chance that the Giants will be contending next year, so why not keep around a former fan favorite. Did Pablo Sandoval knock your socks off when he made his triumphant return to the Giants last year? Probably not. Well, maybe it did if you were just simply astounded by his going 0-39 or whatever it was.
However, he did play pretty solid in the last couple of weeks of the season. And stop throwing a hissy fit because his walk off homer cost the Giants the number one overall pick. This isn’t football; the number one draft pick means nothing unless there’s a Harper in the draft.
Kris Bryant was selected with the number two overall pick. So just stop pulling reasons out of your bum to be upset with Pablo.
What else are you upset about? The fact that he talked bad about the Giants after he signed with the Red Sox? Get over yourself. Let’s say Buster Posey got fed up with playing for the Giants. What if he locked himself in his house and said he wouldn’t come out and play baseball again unless he got traded to the Dodgers?
Then, after he’s spent the entire season trashing Bruce Bochy and all of his former teammates, the Giants and Dodgers meet in the NLCS and he hits a walkoff home run in Game 7 off of Bumgarner. If that isn’t bad enough, after he touches home he tracks down Bumgarner in the dugout and they get in a fist fight.
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Then he lights Lou Seal on fire and pulls a Pedro Matinez on Bochy if Bochy were Don Zimmer. But insead of just throwing him down he kind of picks him up like Bane did in the Dark Knight Rises and breaks his spine over his knee.
Even if all these things happen, Buster Posey is still a hero and one of the greatest San Francisco Giants of all time. Even if he has to spend a little time in jail.
So just because Pablo said some not so nice things, who cares. He’s a hero, legend, and a treasure all at once. Heck, if Mike Fontenot called Bochy fat or something I’d still feel indebted to him.
Sandoval says he wants to finish his career in San Francisco. I say why not? If a disastrous tenure in Boston was the slice of humble pie that he needed, then I’m more than willing to let him try and resurrect his career in the place he started it.
It was ugly at times in 2017 for Pablo, both with the bat and the glove. But I think he did enough last year and in a very special 5 year stretch a while back to at least make it on the Spring Training roster.
I’m not saying he should be a starter, or that the Giants shouldn’t try to upgrade the the third base position. All I am saying is give Pablo a chance. He’s amazed us before, and I want to see him do it again.