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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Will Gavin Newsom's Support Be Kiss of Death For Pablo Sandoval's All-Star Dreams?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 11:59 AM

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Despite Mayor Gavin Newsom's political skill, charisma, and admirable grooming habits, there's a reason he's often seen skulking around in rolled-up shirtsleeves (other than the fact that this is how Barack Obama dresses): He has no coat tails. For such a magnetic politician, an alarming number of the candidates supported by Newsom are defeated -- and even trounced: Examples include Rob Black, Doug Chan, and Hillary Clinton. Will the next victim of Newsom's support be Pablo Sandoval?

In a remarkably adept display of churning up public interest via overt ballot box-stuffing, Major League Baseball named the Giants' boyish third baseman as one of the final candidates to be e-voted onto the National League All-Star team. Politicians nationwide have clamored to throw their support to local "heroes" -- hey, it's a risk-free way to generate good publicity. Naturally, Newsom Twittered his support -- and, no sooner had he done so but Sandoval slipped out of first place in the tally (which ends at 1 p.m.; vote here).

If Newsom hopes to pass the blame for jinxing Sandoval, though, the opportunity is there. Supervisor John Avalos yesterday introduced an emergency measure "urging all San Francisco Giants fans to vote for Pablo Sandoval to represent the Giants and San Francisco at the 2009 Major League Baseball All Star Game." Avalos went on to push his bill -- which passed unanimously -- by seemingly channeling the lyrics of the Underdog theme song: "These are dark times and we have a Venezuelan hero who is bringing hope to many and bringing light to a team that some of us care about."

That kind of grandiose talk carried over into the wording of the actual resolution:

Resolution to encourage San Francisco Giants fans to vote for Pablo Sandoval as an All- star.

WHEREAS, Pablo Sandoval has an animated personality that fans of Major League Baseball and the San Francisco and Giants, both old and young alike, admire so much that he is lovingly called "Kung Fu Panda" in reference to his determination, skill, and thorough enjoyment of the game of baseball; and

WHEREAS, Pablo Sandoval is one of Major League Baseball's best hitters who is deserving to be a National League All Star; and,

WHEREAS, Pablo Sandoval is a proven athlete who can successfully play many baseball positions and is currently a fantastic third baseman; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the San Francisco Board of Supervisor hereby urges all San Franciscans and all San Francisco Giants fans to visit SFGiants .com and vote early and often for Pablo Sandoval; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the San Francisco Board of Supervisors urges all fans of the Giants to continue their voting through Thursday, July 9th at 1:00 PM to ensure that Pablo Sandoval represents the San Francisco Giants in the 2009 All Star game.

Sorry to burst everyone's bubble: Sandoval is also called "Kung Fu Panda" because of his 5-11, 250-pound frame. Finally, here's a joke for government wonks: Since this measure passed unanimously, Sandoval only needs to win via a simple majority rather than by a two-thirds tally.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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