In response to SpacemanEephus's comment:
Ellsbury. Popular. Yes. Never more popular than Big Papi. Period. As always, any valid point you raise about Jacoby is completely blown with your hilariously weird fixation on erasing any positive notions about him.
Only in Softlaw's fevered imagination (where everyone but him thought the guy was the next Williams) is the popularity of Ortiz vs. Ellsbury even a question.
Ells has always had a significant following, but has also always had more than his fair share of skeptics. His OBP not being as high as a leadoff batter's ought to be was a recurring theme in the early years, and his defense used to be quite controversial...and, well, then 2010 happened. Winning two rings in Boston puts him in a pretty exclusive group, but to portray him as always having been wildly popular among Red Sox fans - much less in Papi territory - is just ignorant. Considering that the Red Sox teams of Ellsbury's era have included not only Ortiz but the likes of Pedroia, Lester, Youk, Schilling, Papelbon, Varitek, Lowell, A-Gon (at least in his early honeymoon period), and then this season's colorful cast of characters, I think it's not a huge stretch to say that in any given year he barely would have cracked the top five most popular players on the team.