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Was Sandoval on Instgram during Red Sox' loss to Braves?


Was Sandoval on Instgram during Red Sox' loss to Braves?

UPDATE, 4 P.M.: Sandoval admitted he was on Instgram and was benched by manager John Farrell.

Is this the 2015 Red Sox chicken-and-beer moment?

Wednesday night, as the Red Sox were in the midst of losing for the eighth time in their past nine games, 5-2 to the Braves in Atlanta, Barstool Sports' Jared Carrabis noticed, and tweeted with screenshot below, that someone on Pablo Sandoval's Instagram account liked two photos of female fellow Instgram user @diva_legacy.

Carrabis' tweet at 9:41 p.m. shows the pictures being liked 20 minutes earlier, at 9:21, which would have put it at the top of the seventh inning when Red Sox pinch-hitter Rusney Castillo was at bat and Sandoval was the sixth batter due up. In theory, leaving plenty of time for a quick check of your phone, but not - if you're the $95 million third baseman for the Red Sox, particularly these Red Sox (28-39) - really the right time or place to be doing it.

Now, perhaps, it could have not been Sandoval, but someone authorized to use his social media accounts, doing the liking. Carrabis wrote Thursday that he got word, via email, that, "Pablo Sandoval’s agent and his brother both have access to his Instagram account." 

When questioned on WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan" show on Thursday morning, Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen said he hadn't heard about it.

“This is the first I’m hearing about it,” Hazen said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things from Pablo, nothing that I’ve seen. He’s a great teammate, and he plays his butt off. I was in the clubhouse last night during the game, I didn’t see him so I’m not really sure, but I’m sure we’ll find out more about that today.”

The incident comes within days after another team meeting, called by manager John Farrell, where an emphasis on focus and concentration was said to have been addressed and after Sandoval drew criticism earlier this week for appearing to be a little too focused on a personal milestone while the team struggled.

Undoubtedly, there'll be more to come... 




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