Panda Express

The Giants put their top young hitter through boot camp to get fit

Updated: December 31, 2009, 9:10 AM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN The Magazine

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

Pablo Sandoval
AP Photo/Ben MargotSandoval undergwent "Operation Panda" in order to keep hitting like this.

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.

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