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#pounditSaturday, September 30, 2023

Pablo Sandoval: Yordano Ventura is probably jealous of my World Series rings

In case the drama of Game 7 of the World Series isn’t enough simply for the fact that it’s, well, Game 7 of the World Series, Pablo Sandoval provided a little extra spark when speaking to reporters about Yordano Ventura after Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Ventura, who led the Kansas City Royals to a 10-0 blowout win by tossing seven innings of three-hit ball, made a nice play to snag a Sandoval ground ball in the fourth. The right-hander appeared to stare Sandoval down for a few seconds as the Giants third baseman was jogging to first. Sandoval was asked about it after the game.

I highly doubt jealousy was flowing through Ventura’s mind at that particular moment, as his team is now one win away from completing a comeback and winning a ring of its own. So why was he staring?

“I was pitching normal to him,” Ventura said, per David Brown of Big League Stew. “Pablo didn’t say anything to me, and I didn’t say anything to Pablo. I was just looking at his shoes, watching him run down to first base. There was nothing behind it.”

There was probably a little Pedro Martinez mixed into the look Ventura gave Sandoval. The 23-year-old was in the zone, and things like that can happen when you’re in the zone on the biggest possible stage. Don’t expect it to have any carryover into Game 7.



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