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Ellsbury unsure of how Boston fans will react

Yankees outfielder to play first games as opponent in Fenway Park
04/22/2014 11:35 AM ET
By Doug Williams

Jacoby Ellsbury chats with David Ortiz before a Yankees-Red Sox game earlier this season.(AP)

Poll

It's been done before. Ruth, Clemens and Damon are the names that first come to mind. But how will the newest Red Sox defector, Jacoby Ellsbury, be received on his first trip back to Fenway Park this week as a member of the Yankees?

Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees this offseason, leaving the Red Sox without a reliable center fielder and leadoff man. Until this point, Ellsbury had spent his entire career in Boston with the team that drafted him.

A mixed reaction is what Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects, which is probably the safest bet. For a player as successful as Ellsbury was in Boston, it's obvious that the only reason he'd be booed would be for his decision to choose the enemy pinstripes.

"I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life," Ellsbury said. "Nine years in an organization … drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field."

Ellsbury has already faced his former teammates, just not at Fenway Park. The Yankees and Red Sox met for a four-game series at the beginning of April in the Bronx. Ellsbury didn't seem flustered then, and it sounds as if he'll try not to let the fans at Fenway affect his focus either.

"You can't think about what they're going to do. In this game, you can really only focus on what you can do. Not worry about all the other stuff you can't control."

Ellsbury and the Yanks are set to take on the Red Sox at 7 p.m. Tuesday night on My9. 

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