Venezuelans salute Sandoval as World Series MVP

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San Francisco Giants player Pablo Sandoval displays his MVP trophy after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 to win the 2012 World Series

San Francisco Giants player Pablo Sandoval displays his MVP trophy after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 to win the 2012 World Series (AP photo)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan fans are celebrating the selection of San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval as the first-ever Venezuelan most valuable player in a World Series.

Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio sent congratulations on Twitter, calling Sandoval’s performance great in the series that ended Sunday with the Giants sweeping the Detroit Tigers in four games.

Aparicio also referred to the possibility of the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera winning American League MVP, saying, in his words, “We should have two MVPs this year… don’t you think?”

Other Venezuelans congratulating Sandoval included ex-major league pitcher Wilson Alvarez, golfer Jhonattan Vegas and local baseball league president Jose Grasso Vecchio.

The Venezuelan newspaper Meridiano covered its front page with a photo of Sandoval celebrating and a headline saluting his nickname Kung Fu Panda, reading: “Panda Gigante.”

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