Is Donald Trump Rick Thurman’s Sandoval campaign manager?
Thurman put two feet in his mouth today when MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that Pablo Sandoval’s agent told him regarding the Red Sox, “If you want to win, why leave the Ferrari in the garage?” The comment is related the Red Sox choosing to go with Travis Shaw at third base, a decision which is embarrassing to Panda and his $95 million contract. Thurman is in Montreal no doubt whining about his well-heeled client riding the pine and probably asking for an exit plan out of Boston.
Hey Rick, the Red Sox took the Ferrari out of the garage last season, here’s what happened:
Sandoval had the equivalent of a head-on collision with the Red Sox in 2015 crossing the finish line with career lows in on-base percentage (.292), slugging percentage (.366), OPS (.658), runs (43), total bases (172), home runs (10), and RBIs (47) while providing the worst third-base defense with the second-most errors of his career (15) in 126 games.
And the Ferrari is back in the garage now because it looks like this in Year 2 of ownership.
And it didn’t help that the first news we received about Panda in the offseason was his commitment to his flashy rides over portion control at the plate.
“It’s like a sign when you get to the big leagues,” Sandoval said. “The first thing you want to get is a nice car to drive around. Every year, I try to get a new one.” Well, Pablo’s got plenty of time to drive around now. And Sandoval’s Avorza Range Rover Supercharged is a “Lumma CLRR Widebody.” You can’t make this stuff up.
Speaking of Ferraris, let’s just hope Hanley Ramirez finds a way to keep his engine running for six months and puts the pedal to the medal this season.