The beauty of baseball is that even fat guys can play it, and play it well. It's the most democratic of sports. You can be chunky, you can be roly-poly, you can be out and out blubbery and still find a place in this game.
I should know. I played it for years.
But if you need further proof, I give you
Sandoval became only the third player in history -- the others are
Sandoval's weight has been variously listed as anywhere between 250 and 300 pounds this season. Giants fans love him because of his outgoing personality and everyman physique. But the big third baseman's physical condition has been an issue in San Francisco for some time, now.
Just two years ago, the Giants benched him during the 2010 World Series with the
And just a few months ago, when the Giants' moved him over to first base from third as he recovered from an injury, manager
But who''s had the last laugh now? The Kung Fu Panda is in the history books now. And the
Sandoval took Verlander's letter-high fastball over the center-field fence for a solo shot in the first inning and hit a two-run homer off the reigning
In the fifth he went deep off Tigers' reliever
We'll see how Sandoval does in the rest of the Series, which resumes tonight with Game 2. And there are a couple of other celebrated big men in the Detroit lineup,
That's why you have to love baseball. Maybe it's no longer America's Pastime. Maybe it's not the all-powerful NFL or world-class soccer, the so-called "Beautiful Game" of the sleek and quick.