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TAMPA — The moment this reporter tweeted that Jacoby Ellsbury had arrived at Yankees camp at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Twitter rage among Red Sox fans reached its height.
I t wasn’t that Ellsbury flew under the radar when he signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with the enemy Yankees. It was just that the Red Sox had just won it all, with Ellsbury a big part of the success, and fans were bathing in the afterglow.
Now that the afterglow is fading and the emphasis is on next season, guess what? Ellsbury is a Yankee. He said Tuesday he will be the team’s leadoff hitter and center fielder.
Not shocking, except for the fact that no Yankees official had gone there, out of respect for Brett Gardner.