SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants lined up at home plate on Thursday to take turns hugging Michael Morse after he received his 2014 World Series ring. The welcoming party for Pablo Sandoval will be considerably smaller.
Manager Bruce Bochy, general manager Bobby Evans and possibly president and CEO Larry Baer will meet with Sandoval when the Red Sox arrive for a series with the A's that starts Monday night. Bochy said the ring would be presented to Sandoval at the Red Sox team hotel.
"Pablo was a big part of this club and he helped us win three championships," Bochy said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him and handing Pablo his ring and just catching up with him. We really haven't caught up since he moved on."
Sandoval was a key bat during last October's World Series run, but he signed a five-year deal with the Red Sox in the offseason, spurning a similar offer from the Giants. Sandoval is hitting .299 with two homers and 12 RBI in his first season in the American League. The Red Sox don't play the Giants this season, so there was no way for an on-field ceremony, and one likely would have been awkward anyway.
This spring, Sandoval took shots at his former team in an interview with Bleacher Report, saying it was "not hard at all" to move on. Sandoval said he believes the Giants disrespected his agent, and in his most pointed comments he said he doesn't miss a clubhouse he was a part of for seven seasons.
"Only Bochy," Sandoval said. "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."
Bochy said there are no hard feelings about those comments, which Sandoval did not back down from when later given the opportunity.
"We appreciate what Pablo did for us," Bochy said. "Some things were taken out of context, that's what I've been told through friends of his -- that he didn't mean it the way it came out."