Pablo Sandoval activated for one special at bat
A week ago it was announced that Pablo Sandoval needed Tommy John surgery, seemingly ending his season. And it did end it for all practical purposes. Yesterday, however, the Giants -- with an assist from the expanded September roster -- made an exception for him for a good reason.
The team activated the injured Sandoval so he could make one last at bat. A last at bat for his longtime manager Bruce Bochy and, possibly, his last at bat, ever, as a San Francisco Giant.
The crowd gave Sandoval a lengthy standing ovation when he came on to the on-deck circle in the seventh inning and continued to cheer him as he was announced as a pinch hitter. He only saw two pitches: first a called strike and then a fastball with which he made contact, hitting a slow tapper to short:
Sandoval on the experience:
Bochy, on what he said as he greeted Sandoval when he returned to the dugout:
Nice gesture by the Giants, for sure.