Nov 25, 2014; Boston, Ma, USA; Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington (left) and third baseman Pablo Sandoval hold a jersey during the introductory press conference at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe to make the thought of leaving the San Francisco Giants easier Pablo Sandoval, the Kung Fu Panda, had these words to say regarding leaving San Francisco (from Scott Miller, via bleacherreport.com):
"“I knew early in spring training last year I was going to leave,” Sandoval said. “They didn’t respect my agent. Contract talks, everything. The way Brian Sabean (Giants general manager) talked to my agent.”"
Then, he went on to rub proverbial salt into the wound of those who might still consider dawning a Panda beanie to the ballpark:
"“The Giants made a good offer, but I didn’t want to take it,” he said. “I got five years (and $95 million) from Boston. I left money on the table in San Francisco. It is not about money. It is about how you treat the player.”"
When hearing Murph and Mac (on KNBR 680) this morning relay these words to Mike Krukow, long-time SF Giants color commentator, Kruk added his two cents, preferring to take the high road, saying “everyone needs to be traded” explaining that you grow up in an organization and sometimes you feel like to take that next step you have to leave.
Mar 10, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (left) talks with manager Bruce Bochy during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
And leave he did, burning bridges as he goes. On who he’ll miss in back in SF Pablo had this to say:
"“Only Bochy,” Sandoval said of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “I love Boch. He’s like my dad. He’s the only guy that I miss. And Hunter Pence. Just those guys. But now, I feel like I’m home.”"
Now, I’m only speculating, but I think that he will also miss the love and passion of Giants fans and our willingness to cut him some slack when he came into spring training overweight, or had a brain fart when running the bases.
He may be reminded of this relationship as soon as 37,000+ screaming Bostonians are giving him the what-for, and when those same fans can’t leave that passion back at Fenway.
Things may seem like Christmas now, but the honeymoon will not last forever, and Sandoval, who tends to wear his emotions on his sleeve and likewise, allows said emotions to effect his play on the field, might have different words for San Francisco in the Fall.
I’ll wait to pass judgement on him until then. But for now, I’ll keep my Panda hat hung up in the closet.