The San Francisco Giants have built their team around Pitching. There's no debating that point. Just look at the success of their rotation.
With reigning NL Cy Young Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain making the All-Star Team, it is easy to overlook offensive contributions.
In an offense that still rates among the leagues worst, Pablo Sandoval stands out. His ability at the plate is a good reason why the Giants are where they are.
Yes, you can pitch the lights out, but I've never heard of a pro team winning with zero runs. Sandoval's 48 RBI are helping the pitching staff get the run support they have desperately needed.
Sandoval's glove and versatility was an integral part of the club's 10-game errorless streak in June. The Panda's adaptability in the infield has filled voids that would have been costly to the Giant's endeavor for a post-season appearance.
Maybe it's the Panda in the clubhouse that has his teammates rallying around him. His teammates are vying for his All-Star appearance, wearing stickers and signs reading "Vote for Pablo". His contagious big grin and kid like demeanor are a welcome sight in the Giants' dugout.
But let's not kid ourselves—Pablo can flat out hit. And for that reason, this guy needs to represent the National League for San Francisco at third base. The numbers are there, the argument makes itself.
VOTE FOR PABLO!!!
vote here: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2009/fv/ballot.html