The Boston Red Sox knew they were getting a special player in Pablo Sandoval, and he’s already exceeded their expectations.

The jovial third baseman was a key part of the San Francisco Giants’ three World Series wins in the past five years, and now he’s stepping up for his new club. According to manager John Farrell, the Red Sox are impressed by his leadership skills.

“He takes pride in that,” Farrell said Sunday, per’s Ian Browne. “It’s been refreshing in a way that he asks … is it OK for him to impart some of the things he’s been taught to younger guys.

“You only get reports on an individual before they get to you, but once you interact with a guy, in Pablo’s case daily, you recognize he cares about his teammates and the way the game is played in addition to being a very talented guy. So that has been above and beyond what we anticipated.”

For Sandoval, imparting knowledge on the young guns simply is part of being a good teammate. It’s something that he did in San Francisco and that he’s already enjoying with Boston.

“We had each other’s back (in San Francisco). We supported each other. Those are the things I want to bring here,” Sandoval said, via “Things here are more loose — we have more fun. That’s a good thing.

“I’m on a new team. … I worry about the chemistry we’re going to build here. That’s my new challenge. We’re trying to do the best. I’m excited.”

If Sandoval is bringing a bit of San Francisco to Boston, hopefully that’ll bring the Red Sox some hardware, too.

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