Jacoby Ellsbury had name misspelled on Yankee Stadium scoreboard


Jacoby Ellsbury played in his first career Yankee Stadium home game on Monday, and apparently the person who was operating the videoboard in center field was not prepared. Ellsbury has been to Yankee Stadium countless times as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and as far as we know his name has always been spelled correctly. And now they screw it up while he’s wearing pinstripes — go figure.

As you can see from the photo above that @EFQZ shared on Twitter, Ellsbury’s name was spelled “Ellsubry” when he came to bat in the sixth inning. Ellsbury was one of the biggest acquisitions of the offseason for the Yankees (to the tune of $153 million), so I’m sure somebody will be getting a slap on the wrist for that error.

Hey, it could be worse. We have seen MLB players play several innings with their names misspelled on the back of their jersey. A videoboard flub isn’t so bad.

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Jacoby Ellsbury takes out full-page ad thanking Red Sox fans

Jacoby-Ellsbury-Red-SoxEarlier this week, Roy Halladay took out a full-page newspaper ad thanking Philadelphia Phillies fans after he announced his retirement from baseball. Jacoby Ellsbury did the same thing for Boston Red Sox fans on Friday, though his gesture may not be as well-received.

While it was a classy move from Ellsbury, who was part of two World Series championships in Boston, he has chosen to sign with the New York Yankees. That will make him the equivalent of Judas in the eyes of most Red Sox fans, and he is sure to hear plenty of boos when he returns to Fenway Park in pinstripes next season.

That said, the Red Sox had no interest in bringing Ellsbury back. In that sense, you could argue they had no loyalty to him. A free agent is a free agent, and New York offered the most money.

Jacoby Ellsbury jersey burning begins after he signs with Yankees (Video)

Jacoby-Ellsbury-jersey-burnJacoby Ellsbury signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday. Considering Ellsbury is 30 years old and was seeking more money than Carl Crawford got a few years back, very few are surprised that the Evil Empire has given him seven years and $153 million. That does not mean Boston Red Sox fans aren’t upset to see their former center fielder sleeping with the enemy.

As expected, the Ellsbury jersey burning has already commenced. In addition to the fan who ceremoniously torched Ellsbury’s shirt while bagpipes played in the background, there was also this guy. He was a bit less graceful:

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Johnny Damon on Jacoby Ellsbury signing with Yankees: ‘It’s pretty crazy’

Jacoby EllsburyJacoby Ellsbury has been compared to Johnny Damon throughout his career for obvious reasons, and now he’s replicating Damon’s career path by leaving the Boston Red Sox to sign a big free agent contract with the New York Yankees.

Ellsbury and the Yankees agreed on a 7-year, $156 million deal Tuesday that includes an option for an eighth year. The option would bring the total value of the contract to $169 million.

Ellsbury has led the league in stolen bases three times, nearly won AL MVP in 2011, and he has a .789 career OPS, which is pretty darn good for a center fielder. He and Damon are similar players — they’re both lefties, somewhat on the smaller side, and they both have power and speed. Damon probably had more power, while Ellsbury probably has more speed.

Ellsbury was drafted by the Red Sox in 2005, made his debut in 2007, won two World Series with Boston, and now he’s going to the Bronx. Damon played for the Red Sox from 2002-2005, won a World Series with them and then signed a 4-year, $52 million deal with the Yankees. Ellsbury was drafted by the Sox in Damon’s last year with the team.

The parallels between the two are pretty incredible, so who better to comment on the signing than Damon? MLB.com writer Ian Browne spoke with Damon to get his thoughts on the deal.

“Jacoby has always been compared to me, in a way, since he was signed. So this is just that other comparison. I wish him the best and, yeah, it’s pretty crazy,” Damon told Browne.

Damon thinks Yankee Stadium will work well for Ellsbury’s left-handed swing, and he also thinks the signing makes the Yankees contenders again in the AL. Damon also was asked to compare Yankees and Red Sox fans. He told Browne that he felt New York was easier to deal with than Boston because Yankees fans are less consumed with their baseball team than Red Sox fans. And what kind of reception will Ellsbury receive from Boston?

Damon believes Red Sox fans will be harsh on Ellsbury, but he thinks it helps that Ellsbury just won a World Series with the team and that he plays the game the way Sox fans like.

“Yeah, it’s going to be tough at times but he’s a good enough player that the fans are still going to respect what he gave to Boston and what he’s going to give to New York,” Damon told Browne.

If Ellsbury was able to succeed in a difficult city like Boston, he should do fine in New York. He’s familiar with the media coverage, pressure, and intensity of playing for a big-market team. The Yankees just have to hope he stays healthy so that their investment pays off.

Was Jacoby Ellsbury tagged out at third?

Jacoby Ellsbury third base

The Boston Red Sox benefited from a close call in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays that helped them score two extra runs.

Jacoby Ellsbury was on second with one out in the top of the fifth when Shane Victorino hit a chopper in the 5-6 hole. Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar bobbled the ball and decided to throw to third instead of first. Ellsbury didn’t slide on the play, perhaps thinking Escobar would be going to first. It looked like Evan Longoria may have tagged him out, though the umpire ruled Ellsbury was safe on the bang-bang play (replay evidence probably was not conclusive enough to overturn anyway had manager Joe Maddon been able to challenge).

On the next batter, Alex Cobb threw a wild pitch that allowed Ellsbury to score and Victorino to move up to second. Dustin Pedroia grounded out for the second out, then David Ortiz followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0. Mike Napoli grounded out to end the inning.

Had Ellsbury been called out, the inning would have ended on Pedroia’s ground out and the score would have remained 1-0. Longo’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the inning would have given the Rays a 3-1 lead instead of tying the score.

With games this close in the postseason, those calls make a huge difference.

Jacoby Ellsbury makes boneheaded play on bases

Jacoby Ellsbury had an embarrassing moment during the Boston Red Sox 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.

Jacoby Ellsbury tagEllsbury was up with a man on first and one out in the top of the ninth. He hit into a fielder’s choice and the Dodgers got the force at second for the second out. Ellsbury was safe at first, but he lost track of the outs and began heading toward the dugout as if he thought the inning were over. The Dodgers saw him wandering off the bag and tagged him out to end the inning, keeping it as a 4-2 game.

Boston held on for the win, so it’s not like Ellsbury will be a goat or anything, but it’s always a poor reflection when a player makes a mental mistake like that. The only thing we can say for him is at least it wasn’t as bad as Juan Uribe’s blunder.

Jacoby Ellsbury Goes 30-30, Delivers When Red Sox Need it Most

Jacoby Ellsbury became the first Red Sox player in team history to go 30-30 after hitting his second of three home runs Sunday. Boston split their double-header against the Yankees, losing the first game 6-2 and winning the second 7-4 in 14 innings.

Ellsbury took A.J. Burnett deep twice. His first home run went to right center in the fourth. His second home run of the game — and 30th of the season — was a fastball over the middle that he bashed into the second deck. His solo bombs were the only runs Boston scored in the first game.

With the individual milestone out of the way, Ellsbury played the hero role for the team in the second game. The one-man wrecking crew crushed a low fastball into the bullpen to give the Red Sox a 7-4 lead in the 14th inning against the Yankees.

The Red Sox’s lead in the wild card had been dwindling, and losing a game in extra innings to the Yankees — while getting swept — would have been the cap on a forgettable September. Instead, Ellsbury delivered for the third time that day and helped the Red Sox maintain their lead in the wild card race.

Boston has received tremendous offensive contributions from Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, and David Ortiz this year, but perhaps no player has stepped up more than Jacoby Ellsbury. For a center fielder previously best-known for his speed, the 31 home run breakout season is a sign that he has become one of the AL’s elite outfielders.