I’ve avoided writing about this “story,” because it seemed so stupid from the jump. Hurt feelings shouldn’t exist after World Series wins. After three World Series wins in five years, everyone should be in love. After three rings and a contract totaling nearly $100 million, bygones should be bygones.
Pablo Sandoval made some comments to Bleacher Report writer Scott Miller about the Giants. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already seen/heard what he said.
A quick synopsis: he’s angry at Brian Sabean for how he “talked to (Sandoval’s) agent.” But when it comes to the guys in uniform, Sandoval only likes Bruce Bochy and Hunter Pence. That’s odd, because he seemed to have a blast playing catch before games with Brandon Crawford. But I only saw them play catch about 40 times — small sample size. The two would often set up 60 feet apart and “pitch” to each other. Sandoval would throw left-handed every once in a while, showing that his legendary hand-eye coordination applies to both arms. Often Santiago Casilla would catch and/or call balls and strikes. Maybe Sandoval wasn’t a fan of Casilla’s strike zone.
Aubrey Huff posted a rant on Facebook about Sandoval. Well, it was hard to verify whether it was actually Huff who wrote the following, but he hasn’t come out and denied it.
I’m pretty sure [there] wasn’t a tear shed on behalf of all the players, and coaches when he signed with Boston. It has always been about Pablo! He had the fans fooled but not the players! One of the biggest reasons he didn’t want to come back is because the Giants made him workout on the treadmill everyday! Pretty sure that was a driving force for him! Never the less he could have been known as a legend in San Fran but ego always will get in the way when it comes to Pablo! Sorry for the rant just want to take up for the players who are there now holding their tongues, because they don’t want to get in the middle of this! If you can’t get along with guys like Posey, Bumgarner, Cain, Affeldt, just to name a few, then maybe it’s time to look in the mirror!! Rant over!
Sandoval responded to Huff’s comments today (via ESPN):
“Who is Aubrey Huff?” Sandoval asked in response to a post made by the former first baseman on Facebook. “What is important here is to see where the person who made those comments is, and where I am now, that’s what counts.”
Wait, there’s more!
“Those were completely incoherent comments,” Sandoval said of Huff’s post.
“I’m not selfish. I am where I am because I have worked very hard and have always done my job. Anyone can say whatever they want. I will not lose sleep or stop working my hardest because of that.”
Despite the tempest caused by his initial comments, Sandoval was not backing down.
“I said what I had to say, and I’m not going to take it back,” he said. “I stand by it. I was clear, and you know what they say, the truth hurts.”
To Huff’s assertion that he was speaking for current Giants players who are refraining from comment, Sandoval said: “Let them speak up and say whatever they want. I’m not selfish and I have always worked very hard for my team. Those are things I have proven to my teammates, especially working with young players.”
One of his former teammates sounded confused on KNBR the other morning.
Brandon Belt on Pablo Sandoval’s negative comments: “Honestly, I just thought it was kinda weird.”
— LOLKNBR (@LOLKNBR) March 13, 2015
A few things about Sandoval’s attempts to distance himself with the organization he was a part of from age 17 to 27.
— We’re all seeing Sandoval’s true personality, unfortunately. He’s a fantastic, unique baseball player, albeit one who’s inconsistent and overweight. But he’s not a cuddly panda. I’m not going to go on and on about his behavior inside the clubhouse or in the real world, but I’ll say this: I wish Gregor Blanco (one of the nicest people I’ve come across in any walk of life, not just sports) was the one who was blessed with Sandoval’s ability to crush forehead-high fastballs and ankle-high curveballs.
— The 2010 San Francisco Giants reunion is going to be AMAZING. Huff sitting next to Pat Burrell, whispering and pointing at Sandoval. Brian Wilson and Larry Baer. Nate Schierholtz and Bruce Bochy, eyeing each other from opposite sides of the room until they end up in a big ol’ bear hug. Jose Guillen showing up and asking why he wasn’t invited, and a Giants employee telling him, “Your invite must’ve gotten lost in the mail. Do we not have the correct address?”
— I CANNOT WAIT FOR BRIAN SABEAN’S FIRST PUBLIC RESPONSE TO PABLO SANDOVAL’S COMMENTS. Actually, Sabean will probably say something like, “I’m sorry he feels that way. We always felt like we dealt with Pablo and his people in good faith, and sometimes these situations become a little too personal on one or both sides.”
But Sabean has a way with words — if he decides to drop the hammer, his quote will be remembered around here forever.
— Aubrey Huff didn’t handle his “thanks for helping us win our first World Series” contract all that well. But he was instrumental in the franchise’s first championship after migrating west, and went 5-for-17 in the World Series with two doubles and a homer. Matt Cain had one more hit than Pablo Sandoval in that series, in the same number of at-bats (three).
— I have no idea what Sandoval is thinking.
“The truth hurts.”
Uh, Sabean didn’t offer him Hunter Pence money when he was never in Hunter Pence shape and never had Hunter Pence love for any of his teammates except for Hunter Pence?
Is Sandoval trying to curry favor with Red Sox fans by showing he has no allegiance to his former team? Even Wilson didn’t torch his old teammates and bosses in on-the-record interviews, and the Giants didn’t even try to bring him back after the second Tommy John. The Giants said they’d give Sandoval five years and $95 million, and that wasn’t even their “final offer.”
But Red Sox fans have been around the block a few times, and they can’t be all that happy with Sandoval’s behavior. There’s nothing worse than going on a first date with someone who can’t stop complaining about his or her ex, and Sandoval’s inability to let this go is very unbecoming of a rich triple-champion.