Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval is a baseball savant. Unfortunately, he's at risk of becoming a flash in the pan -- an empty pan, incidentally, because he ate every last goddamn thing in it.
Sandoval's weight gain has been alarming -- truly, the Panda has become a Hippo. His problems at the plate resulted in his average dropping from .330 to .268 this year. But it was his heft-induced immobility that made him a defensive liability -- and cost him a starting job in the playoffs.
So it's a bit disturbing that the local iteration of the restaurant Buca di Beppo -- a place best known for schmaltzy Italian decor and portions as ample as Sophia Loren -- sent the attached picture of Panda and family celebrating post-World Series.
Per the announcement:
Pablo's favorite dish is the Shrimp Fra Diavolo, sautéed garlic shrimp and a spicy rosa sauce with imported Italian penne pasta. In the photo below, Pablo and his family are enjoying the Colossal Brownie Sundae for dessert -- twelve decadent chunks of freshly-baked brownies layered with six scoops of vanilla bean and chocolate gelato, topped with caramel and chocolate sauces then buried in mounds of whipped cream.