Pablo Sandoval breaks belt with mighty swing and miss
Hefty Red Sox 3B relegated to bench role this season
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.
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.
Pablo Sandoval's belt exploding is the ultimate case of hilarious comedy so on-the-nose it couldn't possibly be made up.—@HighHeatStats
A degree of sympathy was extended to Sandoval.
Y'all can laugh at Pablo Sandoval all you want but he's winning at life—@fenixconnexion
Homage was also paid to his belt.
RIP Pablo Sandoval's belt you were a brave man/belt—@Alexwtsi
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.