Rich guy we like becomes rich guy we hate

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    This was a long time coming

    He wanted out. In 2011 he took on Nomar 2004 tendencies. Fair play to him. Speed guys, with the exception of Rickey Henderson fall off after 30. Guess who is 30. That's a big Center Field for him to patrol.

    Please do not talk about him being a traitor (or trader as some Mensa candidate who brought a sign to Fenway directed at Johnny Damon once). Don't boo, he moved onto a job that would pay him more and give him more security.

    Thanks for the 2007 September to October explosion, thanks for stealing from second on a passed ball once, thanks for the great catches, thanks for the lead off home runs.

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    Fair Game

    Despite Mr. Ellsbury's good service, every player on the Red Sox understands the situation. The Yankees are the hated rival. Long-time fans have invested a great deal of emotion into that, and one of the reasons the Sox players are lionized is because of their position in that rivalry. If you choose to make light of that rivalry by signing with the Yankees, you automatically forfeit all right to be regarded as anything other than an object of derision by the Boston fans. It comes with the territory, and rightly so.

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    No win situation

    I don't begrudge Ellsbury for getting as much money for as long as possible as he can by trading on his talents and his past performance. I do hold a grudge for getting that money by going directly to the Yankees from the Red Sox.

    That is not hypocritical. It's a choice he had to make between doing what's right for his pocketbook and doing what's right for the fans of the game. He made it. It wasn't with the fans (there was little chance he would side with the fans ever since he signed with El Diablo, Scott Boras). He made that choice knowing full well that I would despise him for choosing money over our reverence. It shows how little we mean to him when compared with dollar signs. I don't know that I would make a different choice in his shoes either though. It's just a fact that the two factors have the potential to butt heads and you're going to fall on one side or the other. That doesn't mean I have to like the result and since it is your choice whether you choose the money or my fandom, then if I don't like the result I am going to hold it against you.

    It's as simple as that. He knows it. Let him now be forever draped in boos even if his past efforts are appreciated as they should be.

    Thanks for the memories, Jacoby

    You played hard and were fun to watch. I feel worst for the little kids, who based on my polling around my seats in Fenway considered you their favorite second only to Papi; their hearts will be broken, and explaining the business realities of the modern game won't assuage their hurt. I'm glad you got your big contract, though I expect the wisdom of Sox management in not trying to match it will prevail long before seven years have passed.

    I'll cheer you the first time you come back to Fenway, and after that, all bets are off. You'll be just another overpaid Bomber, and the best you can hope for now is polite applause when you show that great speed in center or on the base paths. On the other hand, I won't be sorry to hear my wife burble and coo over you less often: even her ardor is cooled by pinstripes.

    Good luck, talented man: hope you find New York less of a disappointment than Johnny Damon did. Sometimes it's better to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.

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    Thumbs up and ditto

    Can't do anything but wish him well - gotta make hay while the sun shines as a pro athlete - and it doesn't shine for long on most speed demons, especially fragile ones like he's been. Cherington was wise to let this one go - you can't compete with that for seven years. Three with a club option maybe, not seven.

    Brings to mind a quote I heard a year or two ago - never worry about the Yankees. They don't rebuild, they reload.

    From the news this morning, the chambers are filling.

    Won't do them any good if they can't get some younger, healthier arms. If you score 5 runs a game, doesn't help when you give up 10 and I don't think there are a lot of good arms out there.

    Me too

    On the other hand, I won't be sorry to hear my wife burble and coo over you less often: even her ardor is cooled by pinstripes.

    I had to scroll back to see if your post had been written by my husband.

    he knows what he's doing

    Not only getting a huge payday and job security.. when making such a "shocking" jump, you instantly become the most talked about player in MLB. Remember how much we talked about Johnny Damon and the TV networks and newspapers played it up? He just wants to be the "man" and have everyone talking about him. Of course, you have to deliver but thats half the fun watching him fail or be hurt all the time.

    any red sox fan would know

    any red sox fan would know his 2 big injuries were freak accidents. anyone would miss a whole season if they cracked their ribs while running into their own teammate or half a season if they dislocated their shoulder while sliding into a dirty play by an opposing 2nd baseman. those 2 injuries comprised of over 90% of his time on the DL while with the sox! he showed what he can do this last season coming back from those injuries. it's not very likely he will keep suffering season-ending injuries like he did with the sox.