When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series two years ago, Pablo Sandoval couldn't escape from Bruce Bochy's Pandahouse. Not leaving the bench in the first two games, he did see action in Game 3 — getting three at-bats, striking out once and hitting into a double play. He didn't see the field again the rest of the Series, at least in order to play. Sad Panda.
This time against the Detroit Tigers, Sandoval got a little more involved in the championship round, hitting an even .500 with three home runs — all coming in Game 1 — in leading the Giants to their second World Series title in three years, and the 21st sweep in Series history. For his production, Sandoval was named World Series MVP on Sunday night. As part of the prize package, Sandoval could drive away from Detroit, if so he wished, using the 505 horsepower that comes under the hood of a new 427 Corvette Convertible.
He also set a franchise record for most postseason hits, though he benefits from the extra playoff rounds in that case. Regardless, he was one humble Kung Fu Panda after getting his hardware:
"Hard work. Everything you have, it all depends on hard work," Sandoval told Erin Andrews of Fox Sports. "It's an incredible moment."
Sandoval. He comes to the Motor City, he beats the local Major League Baseball team — when both of its big sluggers, particularly Prince Fielder, can't buy a hit (for a dollar) — and drives away in one of its finest automobiles. Not the best of days for Motown. But for Pandaville? It's the best day ever.
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