It’s May 25, 2011 and the defending World Series champions San Francisco Giants will play the Florida Marlins. The game ended 6-6 in the 12th round, but the Marlins finished first and third with only one elimination. Emilio Bonifacio makes a balloon in the center right. Ordere Giants’ Nate Schierholtz had plenty of time to get past it, catching up, and racing home to try to shoot down Scott Cousins. Awaiting Cousin at the disc is catcher Gerald Dempsey Posey III, AKA Buster Posey, reigning NL Rookie of the Year. Posey tries to intercept the disc and create the card, but Cousins steers straight into Buster. The collision is ugly. The consequences are worse.
Posey broken leg bone and tore three ligaments in his ankle. He was sidelined for the rest of the season.
The incident raised concerns about the safety of catchers across the tournament. Watching Posey writhe in agony behind the house was all that Giants coach Bruce Bochy needed to see. He started a campaign to create a new rule to protect fishermen trying to protect the saucer, and after a few years, it finally paid off. In 2014, MLB introduced Rule 7.13, informally known as the “Buster Posey Rule”, which prevents runners from moving out of a straight line to the disc to initiate contact with the catcher. It also prevents the catcher from blocking the disc from the runner unless they already possess the ball. Basically, that moment between Cousins and Posey changed baseball forever.
While Pablo Sandoval didn’t play in that game, he was a member of the San Francisco Giants that season. He had witnessed the Posey disaster first-hand from the dugout. You would think that Sandoval would be horrified by the sight. I mean, he was even taken to the Major Leagues as a catcher before moving on to third base. It could be him if the Giant decides he needs to stay in his original position. Well, obviously Sandoval didn’t learn anything.
In the 7th inning of, get this, a 6-6 ball game in the Mexican League, Sandoval rounded third and smashed into Saraperos’ captor Hans Wilson, while trying to score runs first. There are no “Buster Posey Rules” in the Mexican League, so all Wilson sees is Kung Fu Panda rushing towards him at top speed with malicious intent. The catcher recorded it, but then lay on the ground in pain. Teammates and onlookers watched in horror hoping he was okay. However, you know who wasn’t there to make sure he was okay? Pablo Sandoval.
Sandoval just got away from the whole thing. Sure, he hung around for a while and put his hand on Wilson’s chest (probably to apologize) while he was on the ground, but that was the bare minimum. If someone took me to the hospital with a broken leg and they came to the hospital just to say “Hey, I’m sorry,” pat me on the back and walk away after thirty seconds, I would go limp.
You can see Sandoval in the video, returning to the mines after comforting Wilson for exactly seven seconds, never even glancing back at the mayhem he caused. He showed no remorse. What an asshole indeed! Serious.
I guess I shouldn’t expect much from one person throws his Giants teammate off the bus shortly after he left for Boston in 2015. Then only when the Giants brought him back in 2017, Sandoval tried to retract all those comments. It was a gentle move, and anyone with half a brain can understand the apology.
Beloved as Sandoval when he plays in the big leagues, it’s moments like these that remind us of his true colors. He’s always been a self-centered asshole who overcame his fluffy panda persona and the 2012 World Series MVP. That catcher could miss the rest of the season, and Sandoval did. did not show any remorse. If that doesn’t expose him, I don’t know.