Venezuelans salute Sandoval as World Series MVP

  • San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval celebrates with his MVP trophy after Game 4 of baseball's World Series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Detroit. The Giants won 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan fans are celebrating the selection of San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval as the first Venezuelan to win the World Series most valuable player award.

Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval's performance great in the series that ended Sunday with the Giants sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games. Aparicio also referred to the possibility of the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera winning American League MVP, saying: "We should have two MVPs this year... don't you think?"

Others congratulating Sandoval or the many Venezuelan players in the series included ex-major league pitcher Wilson Alvarez, golfer Jhonattan Vegas and Venezuelan Professional Baseball League president Jose Grasso Vecchio.

Grasso said on Twitter that all of the Venezuelans who competed in the series were "proof of the greatness of Venezuelan baseball."

A record nine Venezuelans were on the rosters for the World Series. Among players who stood out was Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro, who hit a key single in the 10th inning on Sunday night that allowed Ryan Theriot to score.

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