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Willie Mays applauds Pablo Sandoval's hit streak...


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As of today, Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in each of the first 19 games of the Giants' baseball season.

Willie Mays gives the Panda props:

I think it's great for the ballclub, great for our history and great for Sandoval, because he's playing every day and keeping his mouth closed and doing the job.

The article says that Mays has been chatting with Sandoval regularly:

Whenever they spoke - by the way, who wouldn't pay big money to eavesdrop on a Willie-Pablo conversation? - the subject always seemed to turn to hitting, including plate patience and using all fields.

"What I see now, he's going to left-center (while batting left-handed) more. When he first came up, it seemed like he was trying to pull everything. You look how he's hitting now, he's hitting balls all over the field," Mays said.

Patience and using all fields. So simple, and yet, so insightful.

Btw, if you're tweeting this, we call it #PANDAMODE.

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