Pablo Sandoval says he isnt proud of what he has become over the past two years and insists he is ready to make the most of the second chance hes about to receive.In a joint English-Spanish interview with ESPN.com and ESPN Deportes Marly Rivera, Sandoval said he got complacent after signing a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in November 2014 and pledged to start my baseball career all over again now that he is fully recovered from left shoulder surgery.My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished, Sandoval said by phone in his first public comments since August. I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be.A wildly popular three-time World Series champion and two-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, Sandoval has been a bust with the Red Sox. Since the beginning of the 2015 season, he has batted .242 with a .290 on-base percentage and 10 home runs, lost his third-base job and fallen out of shape to the point that he popped his belt while taking a big swing in an April game against the Toronto Blue Jays.Rock bottom came in early May, when well-known orthopedist Dr. James Andrews operated on Sandovals shoulder. The surgery ended a season in which Sandoval started only one of the Red Soxs first five games and went 0-for-6 with four strikeouts.But the lengthy recovery gave Sandoval time to take stock of how far he has fallen since catching the final out of the 2014 World Series. He came this stark reality: If he didnt change his ways, he was going to find himself out of the game at an age (he turned 30 in August) when he should still be in his prime.Things definitely happen for a reason, Sandoval said. [The surgery and rehab process] have helped revitalize that fire in me to win again.Throughout his career, Sandoval has struggled to stay in shape, gaining and losing weight with dramatic fluctuations. But since leaving the Giants, his weight gain greatly diminished his mobility and range at third base and contributing to a career-worst .658 OPS in 2015.Over the past few months, Sandoval has shed significant weight, according to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Neither the team nor Sandoval has divulged specifics, but after principal owner John Henrys widely derided comment this past spring that Sandovals body fat was only 17 percent, the exact number is almost beside the point with two months left before spring training.The proof, for now, is in a picture that circulated on Twitter this week. Sandoval, standing in front of the batting cages at the Red Soxs spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida, looks almost svelte.I have been following a really strict routine that has taken a lot of dedication from my part, Sandoval said. It has not been easy to wake up every single day at 6:30 in the morning to then head to the gym and start a full day of work. But you have to have that kind of dedication if you want to achieve the goals you have set for yourself.Sandoval recently moved to Fort Myers to be closer to the Red Soxs training facility. He works out each day with team trainers, and although neither Dombrowski nor manager John Farrell has traveled to Florida to personally check in on Sandoval, they receive regular reports from the staff there.Dombrowski and Farrell arent guaranteeing that Sandoval will be the Opening Day third baseman. But the Red Sox this week traded two alternatives -- Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers for eighth-inning reliever Tyler Thornburg and top prospect Yoan Moncada to the Chicago White Sox in the Chris Sale blockbuster -- and said that 20-year-old Rafael Devers is bound for Double-A.Save for a potential challenge from utility man Brock Holt, it will be Sandoval or bust at third base.I am not taking anything for granted, Sandoval said. I am here to work hard. Im not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field.The Red Sox also have not replaced the middle-of-the-order production they got from retired franchise icon David Ortiz. Instead, they agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with first baseman Mitch Moreland, who will play primarily against right-handed pitching.Asked how the Sox plan to balance out a lineup that leans heavily right-handed, Farrell brought up Sandoval.One of the keys for us is going to be Panda, Farrell said Monday, invoking Sandovals Kung Fu Panda nickname that was earned in San Francisco. Thats not to put it all on him, but heres a left-handed bat who is a proven guy and has every opportunity to make a major impact on our team this year.Sandoval made a faster-than-expected recovery from shoulder surgery. He said doctors cleared him to play in October, and he believes he would have been ready to rejoin the Red Sox if the team hadnt been swept in the American League Division Series by the Cleveland Indians.But Sandovals problems were more than physical. According to multiple people close to him, he dealt with several personal issues in 2015, including a dispute over his training program that caused him to leave longtime agent Gustavo Vasquez and stop speaking to his brother, Michael.Sandoval and his wife had a baby in May, an event that he said has inspired him to rebuild his career.Watching Baby Panda grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, thats my motivation every day, Sandoval said. The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson.Sandoval understands if Red Sox fans are skeptical. But Sandoval also saw first baseman Hanley Ramirez rebound this year with a 30-homer season after a miserable 2015 and believes he can have a renaissance of his own.I certainly get it. I understand all the frustration [fans] must have felt, and I cant hold any grudges, Sandoval said. I have no ill will about anything. Actually the opposite. It was another lesson for me. It fueled me. It gave me the courage to work harder every day so one day I can be a part of another Boston Red Sox championship.ESPN Deportes Marly Rivera contributed to this report. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Anthony-Hitchens-Jersey/ . Irving scored 23 points, Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/T-Shirts/ . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Darren-Woodson-Jersey/ . The return match will take place next Wednesday. 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For those wishing to go a step further, they need to follow the advice of wrestling legend Johnny Valentine.Valentine, the father of former WWE superstar Greg The Hammer Valentine, was an all-time great heel and a man whom Ric Flair said he patterned himself after.Flair wasnt the only wrestler to do this, as his fellow Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard learned a very important heel lesson from Valentine. Blanchard said Valentine instructed him that if you can get fans to hate you and then make them respect you, it would make the fans hate you even more.The reasoning behind this is fairly simple. If a heel can make fans respect him, the audience will want to like him but wont do so because of his underhanded tactics. That will frustrate the audience and make them even madder at his evil deeds.Since heels aim to do anything to get fans to dislike them, how can they do that while also getting fans to respect them?There are a number of paths they can take.Being physically toughJohnny Valentine gained respect from fans as a heel via his deliberate, brutal, hard-hitting matches. He sold every in-ring battle as a true fight by laying in his punches and chops as hard as possible and insisting that his opponent do the same. Valentine also avoided high spots or throwing his opponent into the ropes, as he figured those were things he or his opponent would never do if they got into an actual fight. This style required a slow-build approach to build interest, but once fans had a few weeks to get used to it, it allowed them to easily suspend disbelief in the faux battle and buy into the fact that Valentine was a legitimate tough guy who happened to be a heel.The hardest working man in the businessIn the case of Flair, one might wonder how fans could respect a man who bragged about having more money, bigger cars and prettier women than anyone and who would openly invite those pretty women on national television to come to the hotel The Four Horsemen were staying at (insisting they leave their boyfriends behind).Flair earned that respect by being the hardest working man in the business. A look at his month-by-month match totals during his prime shows that Flair was working nearly every day of the week, an incredible pace given that he was traveling all over the world during his years as the NWA champion. He closed out so many of his matches with one-hour Broadways (contests that ended in a draw) that he became known as the 60-minute man. Flair was also a world-class clotheshorse and, therefore, could make fans believe it when he said he never wore the same suit twice. He wasnt quite the workout maven that Bob Backlund was, but Flair did stay in iimmaculate condition and never let even so much as one root of his naturally dark hair ever show.dddddddddddd As Triple H once said, a lot of guys tried to make this type of character work, but no one ever did it as well as Flair, and the reason was he put in the effort necessary to make it work.Walk slowlyRoddy Piper was so hated that he claimed to have been stabbed three times and shot at, yet he was able to earn respect because of his fearlessness. This trait showed up in his willingness to say or do anything, whether it was walking to the ring in a kilt, insulting Andre The Giant, smashing Jimmy Snuka in the face with a coconut or taking so many chain shots to the head in his Starrcade 1983 match against Greg Valentine that Piper legitimately lost a good portion of hearing in his left ear.Piper also sold the fearless approach by the way he walked to the ring. He detailed this in a Pipers Pit podcast before his 2015 death by saying that he would always take his time when leaving the back and making his way through the crowd. Part of this was designed to give the announcer time to segue from whatever he was talking about into a discussion of Piper, but it was also designed to show the crowd that Piper had no fear. He figured fans recognized that a man who walks slowly is either really confident or really dangerous -- both traits that draw respect.Speak your mindFor CM Punk, his open disrespect for fans, especially smart marks, should have caused those very fans to hate him. Yet they could not help but respect his unwavering adherence to kayfabe. Punks infamous pipe bomb promo, where he expressed frustration over the state of wrestling and his WWE career, was the definition of a worked shoot (meaning it was a planned element designed to look like it was unscripted and happened unexpectedly), but there are those in the industry who think that Punk actually took some liberties in the promo and said things he wasnt supposed to utter. Whether or not that is true, the fact that fans believed Punk was breaking the script and speaking his mind resulted from his 100 percent commitment to kayfabe. It allowed fans to respect him even when Punk was incessantly bragging about being the best in the world.An easier transition from heel to babyfaceNotice a common denominator in all of these wrestlers? They were just as successful -- and in some cases even more successful -- as babyfaces as they were when they were heels.Part of this has to do with the respect factor, making it a lot easier for these wrestlers to pull off the turn from heel to babyface. Without respect, the fans will only think negative thoughts about a wrestler and, therefore, wont be the least bit receptive to accepting the baby-face turn. If the fans respect the heel, they will not only be able to justify the turn, but will actually look forward to it. 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