The last time Jacoby Ellsbury and the Yankees played against the Boston Red Sox, it was on home turf at Yankee Stadium for a four game set, ultimately ending with the Yankees winning three of them. Tomorrow, the Yankees will head to Boston and play the Red Sox (it’s Patriots Day in Boston so the Yankees are spending the off day in New York) and Jacoby Ellsbury will be in enemy territory for the first time since signing a seven-year, $153 Million contract with the Bronx Bombers.
“Every situation is different,” Ellsbury said. “I can’t compare it with other guys’ situations, but I’m definitely aware of it. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen how passionate they are. I think they’re all wondering what’s going to happen.
“I’m not going to think about it too much, because it’s out of my hands. I gave [that] organization everything I had every time I stepped on the field.”
Ellsbury has joined the club of Red Sox who have traded in their red and white uniforms for pinstripes in recent years, along with Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs. Despite being unsure of the reception he’ll receive, Ellsbury said he hasn’t given it much thought to be back in Boston as a member of the Yankees.
“You can’t think about what they’re going to do,” Ellsbury said. “In this game, you can really only focus on what you can do, not worry about all that other stuff that you can’t control.
“We’ll see what happens. I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life. Nine years in an organization — drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field.”
His first test? Facing former teammate Jon Lester tomorrow night in game one of this three game set.