It's impossible not to be charmed by Pablo Sandoval's free-swinging ways, and that's why this botched hit-and-run swing from yesterday's game against the Pirates is a cause for celebration rather than ridicule.

And the swing did its job! Tony Sanchez was so thrown off by Sandoval's flailing that he couldn't do anything but send his throw sailing into the outfield. Laugh at Panda all you want, but don't forget that he's so often the one playing others as marks.