Sandoval recognizes and acknowledges all of these things as truth, and it’s why as he nurses another injury – this an irritated ulnar nerve threatening to keep him out opening day after back-to-back seasons in which he missed at least 45 games – he knows he must adapt.
Just not yet.
“I’ve got this year and next year to change all the things,” Sandoval said. “It’s going to take me a while, but I can do it. I know I can do it.
“You need to learn. You need to grow up. You need to step up and know the difference between what you can do and what you can’t.”
...At some point, the reasoning goes, his lack of conditioning will catch up. Sandoval thinks it’s at 30 years old, when his metabolism may go to hell and send him up toward three bills. And it’s why he’s giving himself two years. He turns 27 in August and wants to allow a grace period for slip-ups, as all attempts at resolutions in the past – who can forget Operation Panda? – ended back where they began.
“It’s part of my job,” Sandoval said. “People want to help me. They want the best for me. I always say thank you to people when they try that. I never get mad. I never get pissed. It’s one of the things they’re doing to help me to be in the big leagues.
“It is difficult. You’ve got a lot of things outside the field. But you need to learn and understand things you can do.”
Posted: March 26, 2013 at 04:18 AM | 49 comment(s)
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