BOSTON — He’s a center fielder who has been the center of attention for years.
Whether it’s the ladies holding up “Will You Marry Me Jacoby?” signs. Whether it’s kids wearing “Ask Me About Jacoby” t-shirts. Whether it’s sports talk radio hosts debating whether he is injury-prone.
Or whether it’s Bostonian workers standing by the water cooler debating whether he can duplicate his 30-homer power from 2011 or whether he is more of a prototypical leadoff hitter, Jacoby Ellsbury has received his fair share of positive and negative attention/press here in Boston.
But Ellsbury — on the verge of heading into free agency with super agent Scott Boras by his side after this enjoyable playoff run finishes — is showing Boston why he has been worthy of all the talk and headlines since he burst onto the scene in 2007.
Ellsbury drove in the game’s first run last night in Game 6 of the ALCS vs. the Tigers, stroking a RBI single to right field with two outs in the fifth inning. It scored Xander Bogaerts who had doubled off the Green Monster with two outs.
He such a big part of this year’s team and playoff run. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that he has bought into the 2013 Boston Red Sox’ winning formula: grow a beard, do your job and play with resilience.
If he does leave via free agency this offseason, Ellsbury certainly is going out with a bang, one that will cause Red Sox fans’ stomachs to growl with the want and desire for more Jacoby.
After the 2011 September collapse, it was revealed in an ESPNBoston report that Ellsbury kept to himself in the clubhouse and confided only in then-teammate Jed Lowrie.
Going by previous reports and perception, it’s not far-fetched to think that if any Red Sox chose not to grow facial hair this season, it would have been Ellsbury.