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Pablo Sandoval breaks belt with mighty swing and miss

The Boston Red Sox managed an 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, but it wasn't always pretty and certainly not for their third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who broke his belt swinging through a pitch in the second inning.

Hefty Red Sox 3B relegated to bench role this season

Sandoval's big cut in the 2nd inning causes his belt to explode. He discarded the belt and then struck out. 0:33

Aside from getting paid millions of dollars to suit up in a Major League Baseball uniform, these have been tough times for Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

But even the suiting up part isn't going so well.

While the Red Sox managed an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Saturday afternoon, it wasn't always pretty — certainly not for Sandoval.

In the second inning, a vigorous swing and miss by Sandoval caused his belt to snap.

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Apparently his belt had seen enough, as have the Red Sox so far this season, who already stripped Sandoval of his starting job, despite signing him to a five-year, $95 million US contract in November 2014.

Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez didn't waste anytime hammering home this point.

"His weight has been a topic of discussion constantly," said Martinez.

"[He] takes a big cut and that belt just explodes."

Reaction on social media was plentiful, as expected. 

A degree of sympathy was extended to Sandoval.

Homage was also paid to his belt. 

Unfortunately for Sandoval, this wasn't the only part of his infamous day at the ballpark. He also committed a throwing error that allowed Darwin Barney to reach first base. 

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