Pablo Sandoval won a World Series ring in 2010, but not the way he wanted to. That was the year his weight ballooned while his playing time shrank. He appeared in only one game of that Fall Classic against the Texas Rangers -- and went 0-for-3.
After Tuesday, he's no longer looking for his first World Series hit.
An overweight afterthought in 2010, Sandoval needed only one night in 2012 to become a legend of fall. Such is the magic of October.
In Game 1 on Tuesday night, Sandoval homered in his first at-bat ... and his second ... and his third. The first two came against the supposedly unbeatable Justin Verlander. The last of them -- off reliever Al Alburquerque -- moved him into some of the most exclusive company in baseball history.
The list of men with three home runs in a World Series game is short -- and regal.
"Well, let's see," mused Giants legend Will Clark, after his former team secured a surprising 8-3 victory over Detroit in the Series opener. "We've got Babe Ruth. W...