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Sure, the Red Sox miss Jacoby Ellsbury.
They miss his energy. They miss his speed. They miss his extraordinary base stealing ability. They miss his leadoff skills. They miss his ability to disrupt the pitcher and the defense. They miss his ability to cover ground in center field.
They don’t miss paying him — he will receive $153 million for the next seven years with the Yankees. They don’t miss having to hold their breath for the next injury. So, if they have to take their lumps from the leadoff spot, in center field, and on the base stealing front, they will.
And they already have.