When Boston Red Sox’s center fielder stepped to the plate Monday night in St. Petersburg, Florida, his team was down by a run. So far the team had looked hopeless and lifeless against the Tampa Bay Rays.
But then Cobb came at Ellsbury with an inside fastball and Ellsbury homered it over the wall in right. This moment triggered the Red Sox to come back for a 5-2 win over the Rays while reminding everyone, including Ellsbury himself, just how good he can be.
And for this, we award Jacoby Ellsbury with ACE Boston Player of the week. On Monday, Ellsbury went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs. While this won’t be enough to turn around Boston’s horrible season, hopefully the sight of a productive Ellsbury will give the organization and its fans something to hold on to as we move into the winter.
In response to the game Ellsbury said, “I feel good. I know the more at-bats I get, the better I’m going to be. I knew it was a matter of time– stay with the approach, continue to work hard and just do what I normally do.”
Manager Bobby Valentine commented, “For five innings, it looked like we didn’t have any gas in our tank… Ells took a lot of time in between pitches and hit a 3-1 pitch, and he gave us the lead.”
This momentum carried into the following inning in which the Sox scored twice and eventually won 5-2 against the Rays.
Ellsbury continued, “I like that, being in a situation where I can help my team win and have the opportunity to drive in a run. You’re not always going to have success in that situation, but it only adds to my focus.”
Seeing Ellsbury back in good health is hopeful. Working his away back to normal has been a process that takes time. “I can’t get those at-bats back,” Ellsbury said. “So here on out the rest of the year, just go on out there and try to be as consistent as I can and continue to play hard. I know good things are going to happen.”
It’s going to take some patience but hopefully Ellsbury’s game on Monday will remind fans there still may be something to look forward to.