Stat Line Of The Night — 10/24/12 — Pablo Sandoval
With Justin Verlander on the mound for the Detroit Tigers during Game One of the World Series last night, few would have imagined that we would be talking about a three-home-run performance from a San Francisco Giants batter. But that is exactly what all the buzz is about one day later, as Pablo Sandoval, a.k.a. the Kung Fu Panda, swatted three homers in front of a raucous crowd at AT&T Park, joining Albert Pujols, Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth as the only players to accomplish such a feat in a World Series game.
Sandoval’s first home run was a solo shot in the first inning that gave the Giants a 1-0 lead. And they would not surrender that lead throughout the remainder of the night, as the Kung Fu Panda added a two-run shot in the third, and another solo homer in the fifth, leading the Giants to the 8-3 victory in Game One.
With a 4-for-4 performance at the plate that included three home runs and four RBIs, Sandoval has to be an early favorite for World Series MVP honors. However, the series is still young, and as we all know, plenty can change over the course of the next week. So for now, the Kung Fu Panda will have to settle with “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, October 24, 2012.