Check out the gallery above to see how San Francisco Giants fans paid tribute to Pablo Sandoval after he took what could be his final at-bat for the team.
San Francisco Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval took what could be his last at-bat Sunday with the team he won two World Series titles with as he prepares to have season-ending Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.
The Giants activated Sandoval, affectionately known as Panda, from the injured list so that he could get one or two more at-bats for the team under his longtime manager Bruce Bochy, who is retiring at the end of this season.
He grounded out in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Giants’ game against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, which the Giants lost 8-4. After his at-bat, he received a standing ovation from Giants fans at Oracle Park.
Sandoval, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, will get surgery to repair his right arm. The procedure and recovery could keep him out for the entirety of the 2020 season.
Sandoval played with the Giants from 2008-2014 and was a key player in the team’s title runs in 2011 and 2012. He was the World Series MVP in 2012. In 2015, he left the Giants for the Boston Red Sox, but returned to the franchise in 2017.
So far throughout his 12-season MLB career, Sandoval has batted .280, with 148 home runs and 622 RBIs.
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Prior to Sunday’s game against the Giants, Sandoval told the San Francisco Chronicle that his final at-bat would “be emotional.” His family was in the stands to witness the occasion.
Giants fans recognized that this might be the aging infielder’s final at-bat for the franchise and paid tribute to Panda on social media.