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Pablo Sandoval Smashes Three Homers, Giants Take World Series Lead

Posted 10/25/2012 7:00 am by

Pablo Sandoval, making a tag at third base.

It all started with the All-Star Game.  The San Francisco Giants powered the National League to an 8-0 victory over the American League, and one of the big contributors was Kung Fu Panda himself, Pablo Sandoval.  Sandoval, not known for being swift, hit the first triple in All-Star Game history, and he hasn’t slowed down there.  Pablo Sandoval hit 3 home runs last night as the Giants took a 1-0 lead in the World Series.  They bested the Detroit Tigers and home run champion Prince Fielder 8-3.

“Man, I still can’t believe it,” Sandoval said.  “When you’re a little kid, you dream of being in the World Series.”

Sandoval joins august company with this three homer outburst in the world series.  Only three other players have done that before, and all three of them are or will be in the hall of fame:  George Herman “Babe” Ruth, “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson, and Albert “El Hombre” Pujols.  Now add to that list Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval, who managed to outshine Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and a host of other huge stars to put the Giants on his broad back and carry them to a win.

This is the first three homer game in AT&T Park in San Francisco since the opening day of the park in 2000, when then-Dodger Kevin Elster hit three.  Sandoval is the first Giant to have a three-homer game at home since Barry Bonds did it at Candlestick Park in 1994.

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