Pablo Sandoval apologizes for in-game Instagram use: 'I let my teammates down'

John Tomase
June 18, 2015 - 2:22 pm
Pablo Sandoval knows he messed up, so he fessed up. In just the latest embarrassment to an embarrassing season, Sandoval will miss Thursday night's game in Atlanta for violating the team's social media policy. He admitted to "liking" a woman's photos on his Instagram account while using the bathroom during Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Braves. "I made a mistake yesterday and I learned from that," Sandoval told reporters in Atlanta. "I'm a human being, I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates, the team, the organization, the fans. This is something I punched the button at the wrong time. I'm upset from the things I learned yesterday. I'll learn from it." Sandoval wasn't fined or officially suspended by the team, which leaves open the possibility of further punishment by the commissioner's office. He said that he apologized to manager John Farrell, general manager Ben Cherington, and his teammates during a meeting. "I take the blame. I take the punishment," Sandoval said. "When you'€™re a grown-up, you learn from a lot of things. You learn every day of your life. ... I broke the team rules." MLB rules prohibit the use of electronics from 30 minutes before the start of a game to the end of the game. Sandoval said it's the only time he has made that mistake, and he won't make it again. "I let my teammates down," he said. "It ain'€™t gonna happen no more."