Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Pablo Sandoval’s big game:


Calling Pablo Sandoval The Panda isn’t enough, not anymore. It doesn’t do justice to what he did in Game 1 of the World Series.

Sandoval hit three home runs, hit them in his first three at-bats. Amazing. So, maybe we should stop calling him just plain Panda and rename him The Panda of Swat or The Power Panda or The Slayer of Verlander. Because he killed Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who is supposed to be the best pitcher in ball, kill-proof and invincible. The Panda of Swat sure made him vincible.

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