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Pablo Sandoval was 1-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI in the Giants' 6-4 win over the Marlins on Saturday night. (AP)
MIAMI – Everyone wants weight loss tips. Pablo Sandoval has one for you.
But it only works if you have a brother with a culinary school degree.
Sandoval revealed that he’s dropped 22 pounds in six weeks, and he has his oldest brother, Luis, to thank for it. Luis Sandoval recently graduated from a culinary school in Miami and is under his little brother’s full-time employment as his personal chef.
“Everything healthy,” said the Giants’ third baseman, who beat out an infield single for an important RBI in the club’s 6-4 victory over the Miami Marlins Saturday night. “He goes with me everywhere.”
Luis, 36, is the oldest of the three Sandoval boys. He’s the only one who didn’t play professional baseball. Why not?
“He’s real bad,” Pablo said. “Terrible.”
He’s better at whipping up healthy dishes, apparently. Pablo said everything he makes is tasty, but it’s all healthy and sensibly portioned, too.
The Giants have taken issue with the Panda’s weight and conditioning ever since his rookie year, and lit a fire under him when he lost his job down the stretch in 2010. He arrived in camp the following spring with a transformed body after an intensive training program with Triple Threat Performance instructors in Arizona.
But he backslid in a major way into last season and over the winter; some club observers felt he was bigger than ever this year, and statistically, he is having his worst season.
Sandoval will be a free agent after next season and he’s no dummy. He understands a massive payday awaits if he can put up numbers. He wants it to be a walk year, not a waddle year.
He vowed to be in the same condition he was when he arrived in 2011.
“It’s going to be important for me to be in the same shape,” he said. “I’ll do the work I did after the (2010) World Series. It’s important for me and for my teammates, too.”
Sandoval said if he were 22 pounds heavier, there would be “no chance” he would’ve beaten out that two-out ground ball in the fourth inning, which scored the game’s first run, and kept alive what turned into a four-run rally.
It still took a headfirst slide, getting accidentally spiked by first baseman Logan Morrison on the left arm and the chin, and pitcher Henderson Alvarez toppling over on top of him
“Great hustle, first of all,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “That’s probably what won the game for us. I thought, `Oh jeez, he jammed his finger or did something to his shoulder.’ But he’s doing all he can out there.”
Was the punishment worth it for a team 13 games under .500?
“You have to play like that, no matter the situation,” Sandoval said. “That’s the kind of guy I am – play hard every day.”
And then enjoy the just desserts -- but only if his brother makes them.