Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Ellsbury On Return: 'We’ll see what happens'

Tonight, Jacoby Ellsbury returns to Fenway Park for the first time since donning the hated laundry of The Pinstriped Posers. There are some who think he will get a tepid response tonight—fitting of his robotic personality. A "golf clap" as some wags have predicted. We're not so sure. On the night Johnny Damon returned in Yankee Yarns, he tipped his helmet to the throng—but it didn't help. He was soundly booed and continued to be until he came back in less brazen attire (a Cleveland Indians uniform). In his typical stilted style, Ellsbury gave us the following BorasSpeak, "I’m looking forward to it. I enjoyed playing there. I had a great time being a Red Sox. That’s really it. I still have a lot of friends over there. Some family as well." Boring. We firmly believe that Ellsbury will be clearly vilified by the crowd in his first at-bat, and then basically ignored for the rest of the night. His expectations are interesting: "I’m not going to think too much about it. I gave that organization everything I had every time I stepped on that field." That organization? Uh-huh. He was a great player for us, but he needs to get the initial message loud and clear.