Pablo Sandoval grew up playing baseball in a two-car garage with balled up tape and his older brother, Michael.
Now, the Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, native will bring his three World Series rings to Boston.
The 28-year-old, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda, agreed to a deal with the Red Sox on Monday after seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants.
Here are some quick facts about the Sox’ newest power hitter:
■ Sandoval is a switch-hitter and can throw with both hands, but primarily throws with his right.
■ He is 5 foot 11 inches and 245 pounds.
■ The Giants organization signed him in 2003, but he didn’t make his minor league debut until the following season with the AZL Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. He played for five minor league teams in about four and a half seasons.
■ He was called up on Aug. 13, 2008, and made his major league debut the next day against the Astros, going 0-for-3 and recording an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
■ He started at third base in 2009, and was used as Zito’s catcher at the start of the season as well as filling the backup catcher role behind Bengie Molina.
■ He struggled in 2010, which led to him being benched in the NLCS for Juan Uribe. In the 2010 World Series, he had just three at-bats.
■ After finishing the 2010 season at 278 pounds, Sandoval spent the offseason trimming down. At the start of spring training in 2011, he weighed in at 240 pounds. The Giants publicized his efforts as “Operation Panda.”
■ He is one of four players in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series game. The feat came in Game 1 of the 2012 series against the Tigers.
■ He plays in the Venezuelan Winter league for the Navengantes del Magallanes, which won the league title January 2013.
■ He is the first Venezuelan to win the World Series MVP.
■ In 2014, he batted .279 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs in the regular season, and batted .366 with seven doubles and five RBIs in the postseason, helping the Giants secure their third championship in five seasons.
How ‘Kung Fu Panda’ came to be
Sandoval’s moniker was derived after the big fella went airborne over Dodgers’ catcher Danny Ardoin on Sept. 19, 2008.
The rotund third baseman scored on the play, and Giants pitcher Barry Zito dubbed him Kung Fu Panda, after the DreamWorks cartoon, Po.
Giants fans embraced the nickname, especially this season, sporting panda bear hats, T-shirts and other gear throughout their team’s run to another World Series.
First walkoff home run: May 12, 2009, against the Nationals in a 9-7 win. “I was so excited, I could not sleep thinking about it,” he told the San Francisco Chronicle after the game.
First career grand slam: July 6, 2009
World Series titles: 2010, 2012, 2014
All-Star games: 2011, 2012
World Series MVP: 2012
Hit for the cycle: Sept., 15, 2011
■ Bone spurs in elbow in early 2009 and didn’t play catcher for the Giants after.
■ Fractured hamate bone in left hand in May 2012. Had surgery and returned the following month.
■ Left hamstring injury in late July 2012 that landed him on the disabled list until mid-August.
■ Strained left foot (perineal tendon) in June 2013. Was on the DL for 15 days, and returned later in the month.
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