On Sunday, in what could be his final game in San Francisco, a crowd of nearly 39,000 rose to honor Sandoval once again.
It didn't take a storybook home run. Not even a base hit. Just a routine pinch-hit groundout that had fans cheering wildly and snapping pictures of the two-time All-Star.
"Just one of those moments you don't want to forget,'' Sandoval said after the Giants' 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres. "I didn't get the result I wanted, but I got the best result, the love from the fans.''
It was a highly emotional day from the start for Sandoval.
The 33-year-old former World Series MVP was activated off the injured list earlier in the day for a final at-bat under retiring manager Bruce Bochy.
Sandoval will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday.
The popular "Kung Fu Panda'' drew a loud, lengthy cheer when he went to the on-deck circle in the seventh inning.
The crowd rose for a standing ovation and fans held phones to take pictures and video the moment when Sandoval walked to the plate following Brandon Crawford's single.
"At least I hit the ball. I didn't strike out,'' a grinning Sandoval said.
Bochy greeted Sandoval as he came back to the dugout.
"I said, 'It's been a joy,''' Bochy said. "Obviously we were hoping to get a base hit there, but I think he saw how much he's loved here with the crowd. What a great ovation they gave him.''
Losing pitcher Jeff Samardzija echoed his manager's thoughts on Sandoval.
"He deserved that and a lot more,'' Samardzija said. "Everything he's done for this organization is unbelievable, just how clutch he's been. Pablo's a top-notch guy and a great teammate.''