Yankees Could Learn From Pablo Sandoval
With his big game Wednesday night San Fransisco Giants’ third baseman Pablo Sandoval not only powered his team to a World Series lead, but further embarrassed a New York Yankee team that struggled in the ALCS. First, we need to look at how impressive Sandoval’s game was. Sandoval is only the fourth player to hit three home runs in a single World Series game, after Babe Ruth (twice), Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols. His 13 total bases are second all time, after Pujols’ 14 last season. Sandoval is also the first player in history to hit a home run in his first three at bats in the World Series.
Now, to compare that to the numbers the Yankees put up against the same Tigers team last week.
- Sandoval’s three home runs matches the total that the Yankees, as a team, put up in four games.
- Sandoval’s four RBIs in game one were only two fewer than the Yankees team put up over 36 innings.
- In four at bats Sandoval had more hits than Robinson Cano (1), Derek Jeter (1), Alex Rodriguez (1), Eric Chavez (0) and Curtis Granderson (0) had in 51 at bats.
- Sandoval’s three extra base hits were more than any Yankee had in the series, and more than Yankees starters Cano, Rodriguez, Chavez, Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Ichiru Suzuki and Russell Martin had combined.
For a Yankee team that failed miserably in the ALCS, and faces personnel questions this offseason, Sandoval’s explosion has to add insult to defeat. We recommend they play the film of Pablo’s big day in the clubhouse during spring training next season to remind the Yankees how poorly they played in comparison.