Red Sox fans couldn't believe Pablo Sandoval won Giants' 'Heart and Hustle' award

Darren Hartwell

We'll give you two words to describe Pablo Sandoval's tenure with the Boston Red Sox.

We're guessing you won't choose "Heart" and "Hustle."

That's why Red Sox fans may have done a double take Tuesday when the San Francisco Giants announced their 2019 "Heart and Hustle Award" winner was none other than Sandoval.

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Yes, that's the same Sandoval who put up career lows with the Red Sox in 2015 after signing a five-year, $90 million contract and played just three games in 2016 after showing up to training camp overweight.

Let's check in on Red Sox writers and fans who learned of Sandoval's award in real time:

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All snark aside, you could make the case that Sandoval deserves this award. The 32-year-old has revived his career since returning to San Francisco in 2018 and is hitting a respectable .269 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs as a role player for a Giants team with few other bright spots.

That's a tough pill to swallow for the Red Sox, who still owe Sandoval $18 million this year on a buyout and have watched the veteran third baseman thrive everywhere but in Boston.

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Red Sox fans couldn't believe Pablo Sandoval won Giants' 'Heart and Hustle' award originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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