Red Sox: 5 questions to follow this season
You all knew this one was coming. Red Sox fans’ favorite punching bag is back and better than ever. After signing Sandoval to a 5-year, $95 million deal two offseasons ago, he quickly transformed from the lovable Kung Fu Panda we watched from afar when he was in San Francisco, to the subject of our disdain. His 2015 season included a .245 batting average, countless fat jokes, and an Instagram scandal.After missing almost the entirety of the 2016 season due to injury (or the inability to find a belt that fits), Sandoval became the laughingstock of the MLB.
Sandoval enters this year with something to prove. He needs to show Red Sox Nation that he is worth $95 million, and he is off to a good start. Sandoval kept the fans up to date with his weight loss this offseason on social media, and it seems as though his workout regimen is paying off.
Sandoval is noticeably slimmer, and this has translated to on-field success. Take Spring Training stats for what they’re worth, but Sandoval has hit an eye-catching slash line of .338/.348/.677 this spring. Whether or not this will continue from March into April is yet to be seen, but Kung Fu Panda is determined to win back our hearts.
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The Red Sox kick off their 2017 campaign at 2:05 EST against the Pittsburgh Pirates.