Boston media, no stranger to over-reaction, is calling out Pablo Sandoval for his apparent lack of conditioning. The final blow came this weekend when Sandoval was removed for “lightheadedness”. (Is that a technical term?) The day after he missed two games due to a fever. Because the two are in no way possibly connected. The media is now claiming a connection to his mid-back pain with his weight, his “lightheadedness” to his weight, and even dehydration to his weight. There are even rumblings that the only reason Sandoval signed with Boston was because the Giants demanded he take part in a weight regimen, and Boston had no such restrictions.
This is not typical for a professional athlete. We aren’t talking about a pulled muscle or a turned ankle. Sandoval has been removed for being dehydrated or lightheaded and that signals the obvious — Sandoval isn’t in shape.
It’s one thing to not reach a ball at third, or to be thrown out on the bases because of conditioning. But when you’re being removed from a game for nebulous reasons, that’s something else.
Look, I get that Sandoval is maybe a little out of shape, but isn’t baseball the one sport where you are allowed to be out of shape? Wasn’t Babe Ruth, one of the most revered players in the history of the sport incredibly out of shape? What about Bartolo Colon? Didn’t the New York Media make ten kinds of fun of him when he first came over? Funny. They aren’t laughing now that he’s winning. Weight didn’t seem to bother either Prince or Cecil Fielder. It’s not like Sandoval is suddenly going to drop 100 lbs and start breaking any land speed records or anything. To claim he’s being removed from games due to his weight seems a might silly to me. But we all have medical degrees right? One thing I know for sure. Sandoval’s had a terrible season and the Red Sox still have to cough up another $70 million through 2019 or hope they can find someone willing to take him off their hands.