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Sandoval became the 4th guy to hit 3 and tie for the record.
NY Times article
"For more than three decades, Reggie Jackson had been the only man alive to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Babe Ruth had done it before him, twice, but since Jackson’s magical night in 1977, nobody living could relate. "
Congrats to Sandoval! He got lucky in a good spot. Smashing 3 homers in the World Series opener is a much bigger feat than doing the same thing during meaningless regular season game..
Sandoval is good. Definitely above average power hitter, but not quite among the top sticks in the league. This was probably once in a lifetime kind of a game for him, but he is still young and could improve in the coming years. Wouldn't rule out the possibility of him doubling his homer total on some of the coming seasons.