Jacoby Ellsbury told an interesting little story today.
When he showed up at Oregon State in the fall of 2002, it was with the hope of playing center field. That had been his position at Madras High. But the Beavers had a guy named Aaron Matthews, who the previous season was a freshman All-America. Ellsbury was sent to right field.
But about midway through the season, Ellsbury was given the job in center and kept it until he left as a first-round pick in 2005. Matthews is still playing, trying to make his way to the big leagues after six seasons in the Toronto system. He and Jacoby are still pretty good friends.
So Ellsbury isn’t sweating his move to left field this season. The way he figures it, it’ll work out eventually. The worst that happens is that he plays left field for the Red Sox, a position played by three Hall of Famers named Williams, Yastrzemski and Rice.
First group of pitchers on the mound (at 10:15): Beckett, Lester, Lackey, Wakefield.
Second group (at 10:30): Bonser, Bowden, Buchholz, Doubront, Tazawa
Second group (at 10:45): Castro, Hernandez, Johnson, Kelly, Weiland.