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The New York Yankees held a press conference on Friday at Yankee Stadium where the team’s latest high-profile, high-buck free agent acquisition, Jacoby Ellsbury, was formally introduced.
It was announced during the presser that Ellsbury will switch from his customary No. 2 — the number he wore during the seven years he spent as a member of the Boston Red Sox — to No. 22. No. 2 was off limits, because, you know, somebody already wears that number on the Yankees. You may have heard of him: Derek Jeter.
Ellsbury obviously understood that there was no chance he would get that number, but appeared to take it all in stride and even managed to put a positive spin on it.
“Two is my favorite number, so why not have two of them,” Ellsbury said, according to a New York Daily News report.
What does make the number choice interesting, at least as it relates to Yankees history, is who was the last player to don No. 22 in pinstripes: Roger Clemens. An interesting coincidence given both players can boast about playing for both the Yankees and the Red Sox.
Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year deal with the Bronx Bombers worth $153 million, much to the chagrin of Red Sox Nation — and this devastated and heartbroken four-year-old former Ellsbury backer — said that while he enjoyed his time in Boston, it’s time to move on.
“It was seven great years (in Boston),” Ellsbury said, “now I’m looking forward to the next seven years.”
With $153 million coming his way, it’s hard to blame him. That is unless the pressure gets to him and he falls victim to the troubles that can afflict players who make the big move to the Big Apple. Although playing in Beantown all those years probably prepared Ellsbury for the bright lights of the big city.
Perhaps the most revealing — and uncomfortably adorable — comments from the press conference came from Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, who uttered an overly and utterly cheesy sentiment about Ellsbury’s arrival.
“You’re no longer a thorn in our side,” said Girardi, “you’re a flower in our clubhouse.”
Here’s video of Ellsbury’s presser, highlighted by Girardi making the aforementioned straight cheese commentary, courtesy of Bob’s Blitz:
Oh man, that’s just awful. A flower in our clubhouse? For reals, Girardi? Good grief. Later, we’ll learn about the many love sonnets Girardi has penned for his new center fielder. Actually, let’s hope not.
Still, anybody else sense a budding bromance between these two?