The Yankees center fielder will face his former team for the first time in the opener of a four-game series after being given 153 million reasons to switch sides in the offseason.
“You can think about it,” Ellsbury said before Wednesday night’s 5-4 loss to the Orioles, “but until it happens, you don’t know how it’s going to feel.”
Boston made Ellsbury a first-round pick in 2005 and brought him up two years later, and he won two rings with that team, including one last October. He went 0 for 4 in this last game, but he’s off to a nice start overall with his new team, batting .364 with four steals in five tries.
“I’m looking forward to it, but it’s just really another game,” Ellsbury said. “But I’m definitely looking forward to it. I try not to get into an emotional roller coaster. That’s just each and every game.”
Yet he added: “A good amount of time, a good portion of my life I spent with that organization. I gave them everything I had. I left it all on the field.”
Joe Girardi said: “I think it’ll be interesting for him. My thought process is, it’ll be a little bit more interesting when we go there.”
The Yankees gave Masahiro Tanaka 155 million reasons to sign here. He has been impressive with 18 Ks and one walk in 14 innings over his two starts so far. Here’s a link to my story about his start and the Yankees’ loss in the Baltimore series finale. And here’s my feature story on the rise of Yangervis Solarte and it’s complete with how he got his name.
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