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Sandoval Doesn't miss SF, “Knew Early in Spring Training Last Year” He Wanted to Leave the Giants

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval broke the hearts of San Francisco Giants fans when he announced last year that he’d signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Boston Red Sox.

According to Sandoval, however, the beloved “Panda” did not leave his heart in San Francisco.

“I knew early in spring training last year I was going to leave,” Sandoval told Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller in an interview.

“They didn’t respect my agent,” he explained. “Contract talks, everything. The way Brian Sabean talked to my agent.”

Sandoval spent seven seasons with the Giants, earning his famous nickname in 2008 when former teammate Barry Zito commented on Sandoval’s base-running, saying it reminded him of the DreamWorks character “Kung Fu Panda.”

But despite winning three World Series titles with the Giants, Panda says he won’t miss much.

“Only Bochy,” Sandoval told Miller. “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.”

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