Pablo Sandoval plows into catcher in Mexican League

Pablo Sandoval delivers his own version of the Wuxi Finger at a recent Mexican League match.

Pablo Sandoval delivers his own version of the Wuxi Finger during a recent game in the Mexican League.

It is May 25, 2011, and the defending champion of the World Series San Francisco Giants is playing against the Florida Marlins. The game is tied 6-6 in the 12th, but the Marlins have runners on first and third base with only one out. Emilio Bonifacio lifts a flyout to center right. ENate Schierholtz of the Giants has plenty of time to get under, makes the catch and fires home to try and shoot Scott Cousins. At the plate awaits catcher Gerald Dempsey Posey III, AKA Buster Posey, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year. Posey tries to block the plate and make the tag, but Cousins ​​drives straight into Buster. The collision is ugly. The aftermath worse.

2011/05/25 Posey’s injury

posey broke a bone in his lower leg and tore three ligaments in his ankle. He was out for the rest of the season.

This incident raised concerns for the safety of catchers throughout the competition. Seeing Posey writhing in pain behind the house was all Giants manager Bruce Bochy needed to see. He started a campaign to create a new rule to protect catchers trying to protect the record, and after a few years it finally came to fruition. In 2014, MLB introduced Rule 7.13, informally known as the “Buster Posey Rule,” which prevented runners from a direct line from going to the plate to make contact with the catcher. It also prevented catchers from blocking the plate for runners unless they already had the ball. Basically, that moment between Cousins ​​and Posey changed baseball forever.

While Pablo Sandoval did not play in that game, he was a member of those San Francisco Giants that season. He witnessed the Posey disaster from the dugout. You’d think Sandoval would be startled by the sight. I mean, he was even brought to the Major Leagues as a catcher before moving to third base. He could have been if the Giants decided he should stay in his original position. Apparently Sandoval learned nothing from it.

In the 7th inning of, get this, a 6-6 ball game in the Mexican League, Sandoval finished in third place and batted against the catcher of Saraperos Hans Wilson, while trying to score the go-ahead run. There is no “Buster Posey rule” in the Mexican League, so all Wilson saw was Kung Fu Panda coming at him at full speed with malicious intent. The catcher registered the out, but then lay on the ground in pain. Teammates and spectators watched in horror, hoping he was okay. You know who wasn’t there to make sure he was okay? Pablo Sandova.

Sandoval just walked away from the whole incident. Sure, he lingered for a moment and put his hand on Wilson’s chest (presumably in an attempt to apologize) as he lay on the floor, but that’s the bare minimum. If someone put me in the hospital with a broken leg and they came to the hospital just to say, “Hey, I’m sorry,” a pat on the back and walk away after thirty seconds, I’d be furious.

You can see Sandoval dozing back to the dugout in the video after comforting Wilson for exactly seven seconds, without even glancing back at the chaos he caused. He showed no signs of remorse. What an asshole! Seriously.

I guess I shouldn’t have expected much from someone who threw his Giants teammates under the bus once he left for Boston in 2015. Then, only when the Giants brought him back in 2017, Sandoval tried to take back all those comments† That’s such a soft move, and anyone with half a brain can see through that apology.

As beloved as Sandoval was when he played in the Big Leagues, it’s moments like this that remind us of his true nature. He’s always been a self-centered bastard who got by with his fluffy panda character and 2012 World Series MVP. That catcher could miss the rest of the season, and Sandoval showed no sign of remorse. If that doesn’t expose him, I don’t know what will.