Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the spotlight this weekend as the Red Sox visit the Yankees for the first time. The Sox old center fielder, of course, is now the Yankees' new $155 million center fielder.
On Sports Tonight, Michael Felger asks The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan and the Boston Herald's Steve Buckley why Ellsbury wasn't embraced by Sox fans and why his departure to the hated Yankees wasn't nearly as controversial as those of Johnny Damon or Roger Clemens?
Buckley: "I don't think fans every goot to know Jacoby Ellsbury. He wasn't a bad guy. He just wasn't very personable. He was never demonstrative on the field. Never pointing up [at fans] or rallying the fans...And frankly, fair or unfair there was a lobby that thought he was soft because of the injuries."
Ryan: "Ditto. I believed he would go given the slightest opportunity because he was bitter, angry about the treatement he got [over the injuries]. And I agree with Buck. It was totally unfair."