Apparently, the Giants offered in the neighborhood of $90 Million, so for roughly an extra ten percent (and even less when you consider the higher taxes in Massachusetts), part of the Giants' heart has actually left San Francisco.
The Giants will survive. They are built around pitching and while Panda is a phenomenal October hero, his numbers during the regular season shouldn't be too difficult to replace. But his larger-than-life personality will leave a deep hole. And, more significantly, he is blowing a chance to be a part of something so much bigger than those extra ten million dollars he's making. He is kissing away the opportunity to be a part of a dynasty in San Francisco not seen since the Yankees run of the late-90s/early 2000s. He is blowing a chance at immortality.
I wonder what all those fans are going to do with their Panda costumes.