The New York Yankees officially welcomed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on Friday, culminating his seven-year, $153 million contract by announcing the All Star will wear #22 in pinstripes.
Ellsbury, of course, is switching from the Boston Red Sox to their despised rival. That can be a tricky proposition, and Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi had a colorful way of explaining how he feels about the acquisition, according to Matt Ehalt at ESPNNewYork.com.
“I’ve seen him get base hits. I’ve seen him hit home runs. I’ve seen him steal second. I’ve seen him steal third. I even had the pleasure of watching him steal home off of Andy Pettitte when I was standing right behind him and we were all screaming at Andy,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Seen him make great catches that have changed the complexion of the scores between the Red Sox and Yankees.
“Jacoby, you are going to make my job a lot easier. You no longer are a thorn in my side. You are a flower in our clubhouse and I’m happy to have you.”
Ellsbury was a career .288 hitter against the Yankees, with 9 home runs and 47 RBI – the latter being his most against any other ball club. It’s easy to see why Girardi might feel this way.