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After Getting Busted For Being On Instagram During A Game, This Latino Pelotero Showed Up Out Of Shape

This is Pablo Sandoval. He’s a third baseman for the Boston Red Sox.

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He looks happy, right? Well, the Red Sox aren’t happy. Sandoval entered spring training looking like this:

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Yeah, not exactly the best look for a professional baseball player.

 

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Sandoval, a 29-year-old pelotero from Venezuela, has battled with his weight for several seasons. It’s no coincidence that his nickname is the Kung-Fu Panda.

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So why are the Red Sox mad? Before the start of the 2015 season, they signed Sandoval a five-year, $95 million contract.

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That’s a lot of money to pay a guy who can’t quite get in shape.

Why the huge contract? Despite his weight issues, Sandoval was an All-Star caliber player for his former team, the San Francisco Giants.

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But in his first season with the Red Sox, Sandoval didn’t perform as well as he did with the Giants, posting career lows in several categories.

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It wasn’t just Sandoval’s hitting that suffered. He also committed the second-most errors (15) in his career.

And he got busted for using Instagram during a game. Seriously.

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Sandoval admitted to using Instagram and was benched for his transgression.

Things got so bad that Red Sox fans were asking the Giants to take Sandoval back.

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That’s a Red Sox fan asking San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy for a refund.

Well, after Sandoval made it clear he’s not watching his weight, the Red Sox announced that Sandoval is being demoted.

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Sandoval told ESPN that he wasn’t watching his weight because he didn’t think he had to: “I don’t weigh. I don’t weigh in at all. I just do my work, try to do everything I can out there. I don’t weigh at all in the whole offseason. I just try to get better, be in a better position and, like I say, be an athlete.”

Upon hearing the news, several people began poking fun at Sandoval for being a well-paid benchwarmer.

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This is how much Sandoval will make the next four season, even if he continues to ride the bench.

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Of course, there were plenty of digs about his weight.

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Sandoval also told radio station WEII he was happy with the decision.

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“We talked about it. I’m happy with the decision. They made the decision. It’s the right decision to help the team win. I’m going to be happy. I’m going to be ready on the bench, get ready for anything. I’m going to get ready during the season to do my job.”

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

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Dad Of Julio Urías Got A Tattoo Honoring His Son’s World Series Win

Parents always find new ways to be proud of their children and how to tell the world how proud they are. This includes Julio Urías’ father who recently unveiled his newest tattoo in honor of his World Series-winning son.

Julio Urías’ dad is showing off just how proud he is of his son.

Tattoo artist Andres Ortega Rojas posted photos on Instagram showing off the tattoo. Carlos Urías forever enshrined his sons victorious lunge after Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays while a tattoo on his left arm.

Rojas told TMZ that the tattoo took nine hours to complete and that is was Carlos’ first tattoo. The moment captured on Carlos’ arm is one that is etched into the brains of Dodgers fans. It was the first time the Dodger has won the World Series since 1988 ending a decades-long dry spell.

The tattoo is catching everyone’s attention.

People are loving the tribute made to his son with a tattoo. It being his first tattoo is even sweeter. We all know how much our parents are anti-tattoos so seeing this happen is extra touching. Julio is framed by the flags of the Commissioner’s Trophy in the tattoo marking what is clearly Carlos’ most proud moment.

The moment marks a culmination of a long journey to athletic stardom.

Julio first pitched for the Dodgers in 2015. The Mexican baseball player was called up to join the famed baseball team. Carlos and the family made a 13-hour road trip from the Mexican state of Sinaloa to Maryvale Park in Phoenix, Ariz. It was after that long trip that Carlos got to see Julio on the field pitching against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It just goes to show you that anything is possible and that, if you work towards your goals, they can come true.

READ: Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

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Nike Signs This 8-Year-Old Soccer Prodigy At Younger Age Than Messi And Neymar

Nike has long been known to scout some of the world’s greatest sports talents, especially when it comes to the world of soccer. It began with Neymar, who signed with the multinational corporation at the age of 13. That trend continued with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo, who, at the tender age of 11, became Nike’s youngest-ever affiliated athlete after dazzling at a youth tournament in New York.

But the bar has been raised once again. This time with an 8-year-old player who considered the next great prospect in Brazilian soccer.

Brazilian football prodigy Kauan Basile has signed with Nike at just 8-years-old.

Kauan Basile is just 8-years-old and he’s already playing for the Santos’ U-9 indoor football team. But now he’s just made history as the youngest player ever to sign a deal with Nike.

“I am very happy with the opportunity to play for Santos, as well as the contract. I like to play football,” Kauan Basile told Gazeta Esportiva

According to reports, the contract with Nike is guaranteed over three years, and there’s an option to extend it for two more. He’s now the youngest player in the world to sign with Nike. Even at the end of his contract, Basile will still be younger than both Messi and another ex-Santos kid, Neymar, in signing his first deal at Nike.

Messi put pen to paper on his first Nike contract aged 15, while Neymar was 13.

The kid is generating tons of buzz worldwide.

Basile’s agents, Mengoni Sports, revealed the news of the Nike deal with a proud post on social media. They wrote: “Today Kauan broke the record of being the youngest player in the WORLD by signing a contract with Nike!”

The post went on to add that “He is pure talent! He has football in the soul, in his heart and in his DNA.”

The sports world has reacted with excitement, especially across Brazil where football plays reach God-like status.

Football runs through Basile’s blood.

Like so many of football’s greats, Basile has the tradition of football in his blood. Both his father and great-grandfather both played professionally. His father Andrezinho was on the roster for Corinthians during his playing days.

And his dad couldn’t be more proud of his son going on to such major success, saying he’s ready for superstardom. He said: “He is a player with an absurd will to win. He has a lot of technical quality.”

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