Jacoby Ellsbury is the centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox. He played his first full season in the majors in 2008 and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to play in the Major Leagues.
On April 26, 2009, Ellsbury successfully stole home with the bases loaded and two outs with Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees on the mound. On August 25, 2009, Jacoby broke the Red Sox single-season record for stolen bases when he stole his 55th of the season in a game against the Chicago White Sox.
The Can't Miss Kid
Hype is a word that is thrown around a lot in sports. Teams begin hyping up their own players from the time they are drafted. Every team has the next "can't miss" prospect. Players from the past like Brien Taylor and Todd Van Poppel were both first round "can't miss" prospects who were crushed under the pressure created by their teams. This year, when it comes to Red Sox prospects, it appears we can actually believe the hype.
There have been some incredible stories this year about some Red Sox rookies. Everyone knows what Clay Buchholz has done in his second big-league start. Hideki Okajima made the AL All Star team and has been the ideal setup man for Jonathan Papelbon. And of course, Dustin Pedroia just keeps on hitting and gets better every game.
In Boston, there is another rookie who laughs in the face of the hype machine. Since being promoted from the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has turned the Major Leagues on its ear. This kid has played in only 10 big league games this year and is already showing that his days in Pawtucket are officially over. Ellsbury has played all three outfield position and has yet to commit an error, and his diving catch Monday night against the Blue Jays was a game saver. Ellsbury has also batted in several different spots in the lineup and has hit .393 with 2 home runs.
Since being drafted in the first round by Boston in 2005, Ellsbury has moved quickly through the minors, excelling at each level, even winning Boston's Minor League Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. One scouting report compared Ellsbury to "a better version of Johnny Damon. I say a better version because he has all the same baseball talent, but a better arm, and minus the greed and ***holeness."
There is one little problem. The Red Sox now have four starting outfielders. Who is going to be odd man out? Ellsbury isn't going anywhere: pencil him into the Sox lineup for the next ten years. With Manny and J.D. Drew signed to outrageous contracts, it appears Coco Crisp's days are numbered.
The Red Sox have a proud tradition of all-star outfielders. It may be time to add one more name to the list.
September 4, 2007
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Jacoby Ellsbury's Navajo Heritage
Jacoby Ellsbury's mother is a full-blooded Navajo, and Jacoby is officially registered as a member of the Colorado River Indians Tribe. Ellsbury is one of only a handful of Native Americans to play in the Major Leagues and is the first of Navajo descent.
Check out these links for more details.
- The Mudville Megaphone Jacoby Ellsbury Biography
This extensive article includes a detailed family history, amateur and professional career timeline, and quotes from Ellsbury and his family regarding his childhood, heritage, and baseball career.
- Farmington, New Mexico, Daily Times Photo Album
A small collection of childhood and family pictures. There is no text to identify the subjects, but the photos are interesting nonetheless.
- Boston.com Article: "Ellsbury a Rare Talent"
This March 2007 article features quotes from Jacoby's mother Margie Ellsbury regarding the family's Navajo roots, as well as more information about Native Americans in the Major Leagues.
More Jacoby Ellsbury Resources
- Jacoby Ellsbury MLB Official Player File
Includes bio, stats, video clips, and news.
- Jacoby Ellsbury - SoSH Wiki
Sons of Sam Horn Wiki entry for Jacoby Ellsbury features a scouting report, awards list, and trivia.
- Jacoby Ellsbury Photo Gallery on pbase.com
On-field pictures of Jacoby Ellsbury with the Oregon State Beavers.
Is part time Jacoby enough for you?
These are the results of a poll on this page during the 2008 season, when Jacoby Ellsbury was splitting time with Coco Crisp as a starter in centerfield. Coco Crisp was traded to the Kansas City Royals on November 19, 2008, making Ellsbury the full-time starting centerfielder for the Red Sox for the 2009 season.
Kelsey Hawkins, like Jacoby, is from Oregon and attended Oregon State University. Kelsey ran the Boston Marathon along with Red Sox wives Shonda Schilling and Dawn Timlin in 2008. She and Jacoby having been dating since 2006.
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