Red Sox: Five lowest points of Pablo Sandoval’s tenure in Boston
By Sean Penney
We’ll wrap up this list with arguably the most embarrassing moment of Sandoval’s tenure in Boston. Sandoval made only one start during his injury-shortened 2016 campaign, but it was a memorable one. Just not in a good way.
On April 9, Sandoval stepped to the plate in the second inning of a game in Toronto. On a 1-0 pitch from knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, Sandoval swung and missed with such force that his belt buckle burst.
Sandoval frantically fumbled around with the broken belt as he stepped out of the batters box before inevitably tossing it aside.
The fluke wardrobe malfunction perfectly summed up the weight issues that critics had been harping on since he showed up to camp out of shape that spring. Video of the belt breaking swing immediately went viral, making Sandoval the laughing stock of Major League Baseball.
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There were many low points to his career in Boston, but none were more humiliating than an out of shape Sandoval busting his belt.