His duty was to get in shape, is to stay in shape. When he walked around last year with a gut and could not field his position or get around on certain pitchers, he was derelict in his duty even though he is a nice man and jokes with his teammates. The Giants do not need him to joke and laugh. They need him to dominate games.
After a while, I walked over to Sandoval who sat in a chair at his locker. I was with Erwin Higueros from the Giants public relations department because my Spanish is weak and Erwin would facilitate the conversation between Sandoval and me.
"Are you a different hitter now than when you first started?" I asked.
"I do it the same way," Sandoval said in English, without waiting for Erwin to translate. "I no change anything that I was doing before. I've been the same hitter."
"Do you have a certain style of hitting?"
He stared at me and I wasn't sure he understood. "Do you like to hit low," I said. "Do you like to hit high?"
A big grin took hold of his face. "I love to hit anything anywhere," he said. He understood me and he was answering in English. He came down on the word "love" with love. He laughed a full body laugh, what you call a hearty laugh. Love was in the air.
We continued in English, his English better than my Spanish.
"You enjoy hitting," I said.
"I do. It's my favorite part of the game."