The Toronto Blue Jays Home Opener series has not gotten off to the start I think we’d all hoped it would. Of course, last night was the first home game of 2016 for the reigning AL East Champs, and unfortunately even a Grand Slam for MVP Josh Donaldson wasn’t enough to win it for the Jays.
Of course, the Red Sox‘s Brock Holt responded with a grand slam of his own later in the game and the Sox went on to win it 8-7.
Today looked promising early on, with Jose Bautista absolutely clobbering a dinger in his first at bat…
And then again in his second at bat…
I could watch Joey Bats swing that bat all day long. Unfortunately, the Jays didn’t manage to produce any runs other than those 4 that Jose knocked in, and after going back and forth early on, the Sox took an 8-4 lead that they did not let go of. That proved to be the final score, too. I’m not going to share the Red Sox highlights, but I’m sure you can find them if you want to.
However, there was one play that seemed to overshadow the rest of the game.
It’s been a rough go in Boston for Pablo Sandoval. While he’s put up respectable numbers throughout his career (all with the Giants before last year), he’s struggled since he started calling Fenway Park home. Last year, he lost his job to rookie Travis Shaw, despite his $17-million salary. I recall watching the Sox’s opener against the Cleveland Indians and hearing one of the commentators talk about the rough spring training he had as well.
Now Sandoval has always been a big dude – that’s just his body type. Nobody ever questioned it when he was steadily producing. Now that he’s struggling, it’s become more of a hot topic. After today’s game, scores more are talking about it thanks to this belt-busting swing Panda took early on in the game:
— MSN Sports (@MSNSports) April 9, 2016
And here’s some video of it:
I guess they call him Panda for a reason. OH, another fitting nickname he has? The Round Mound of Pound. Seriously. Or, well… at least according to baseball-reference.com, a website that I trust for baseball facts and stats. And here’s a fun little loop for those of you who want to watch it over and over and over again.
As you can see in the video above, he tossed the belt and ended up completing the strikeout beltless. He had a new one for his next at bat.
So while the Jays came out on the losing end here, I’d say the biggest loser of the day was that poor belt…
Pablo Sandoval’s poor, poor belt. pic.twitter.com/hqlTsOVYMG
— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) April 9, 2016