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Panda Express

This column appears in the Jan. 11 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Pablo Sandoval's posture is giving him away. He sits in the trainer's
office at AT&T Park, leaning back as far as possible in a tilting desk
chair, his hands laced behind his head, eyes fixed on the ceiling,
"Operation Panda" T-shirt almost but not quite covering his stomach.

It is lunchtime, late in the second week of Operation Panda, a 22-day
November fitness and nutrition program the Giants organized to educate the
chubby and marvelously talented Sandoval -- Kung Fu Panda to Bay Area fans -- on
the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.