Pablo Sandoval Sacked by the LBS Nut Bag for His Waxy Look

Pablo Sandoval does not have a wax figure but that doesn’t mean he can’t look like one. The Giants had a day off Monday and Kung Fu Panda decided to get a makeover. He asked his twitter followers for haircut suggestions and opted for corn rows. The barber may also have doubled as a beautician because Pablo ended up with the worst eyebrow wax job I’ve seen.

Seriously, I can’t tell if Sandoval had those brows drawn on, painted on, stenciled on, or what, because he just doesn’t look right. If you told me that was a picture of a new Pablo Sandoval wax figure at Fisherman’s Wharf, I totally would have believed it. He looks more plastic than the Barry Bonds wax statue.

Is he wearing foundation? Eye shadow? Lipstick? If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he was trying out for a role in the sequel to The Birdcage. Yikes!

Picture via Sandoval’s twitter account, story via 22 Gigantes

Pablo Sandoval Reportedly in Good Shape, Down 17 Pounds

I’m not sure what is more surprising: the San Francisco Giants actually winning the World Series last season, or the Giants having a successful season despite a major dropoff from Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval, who hit .345 in only 41 games in 2008, broke out with 25 home runs and a .943 OPS while becoming San Francisco’s best hitter in 2009. The “Kung Fu Panda” movement was born that year, and Sandoval became an instant fan-favorite.

A year after bursting onto the scene, Sandoval stumbled and became one of the biggest disappointments in baseball. He had a torrid April, but followed that up by batting .234 the next two months. By the time the playoffs rolled around, Sandoval found himself on the bench, replaced by Juan Uribe at third base. Uribe’s now a Dodger, meaning the Giants will need Sandoval to regain his 2009 form. They’ve even talked about the possibility of demoting him to the minor leagues if he doesn’t turn things around.

Many critics blamed Sandoval’s struggles on him being overweight and out of shape. True, Sandoval is 5’11” and easily over 250 pounds, but that didn’t stop him from tearing it up in 2009. Regardless, people look for reasons and the weight issue is an easy target. Sandoval has been trying to get in shape for some time and it appears as if he’s finally done so this off-season.

Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to former Giant Rich Aurilia whose sister’s boyfriend saw Sandoval pass out at 31 Flavors last night who saw Sandoval in Phoenix and said Pablo had slimmed down. Sandoval told Aurilia he has lost 17 pounds this winter, with the goal of losing seven more. I’ll believe it when I see it, but the good news for Pablo and Giants fans is that the Panda seems serious about regaining his top form.

Giants Fans Create ‘Vote for Pablo’ Sandoval Video for All-Star Game

Oh, those sneaky Giants fans and their creative ways to get their players into the All-Star Game. A couple years ago, they created a computer program that would vote for Barry Bonds thousands of times to get him into the game. This year, it’s nothing too nefarious — just a simple Napoleon Dynamite remix for Pablo Sandoval. Thanks to Gennaro Filice (and his hot fiance) and Jimmy Traina at SI Extra Mustard for the Pablo Sandoval video:

Now this here video gets play for two reasons here at LBS. The first is that I already said Sandoval should be on the team. The second — any Canned Heat usage always finds a spot on the roster. Pretty simple. It’s not too easy for me to say, but nice going Giants fans.