In his first at-bat at Fenway Park since leaving the Red Sox for the Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury found out what the fans think of him.
The Red Sox played Ellsbury’s old walk-up song — a tune by Jay Z and Kanye West — for the Yankees’ leadoff hitter.
Ellsbury was booed loudly as he came to the plate and didn’t react — other than to hammer an 0-and-2 pitch from Jon Lester high off the wall in center field.
A fan reached down and interfered with the ball and Ellsbury was awarded a triple by the umpires. He scored when No. 2 batter Derek Jeter singled.
Once the first inning had finished with the Yankees leading, 2-0, the Red Sox played a brief highlight video of Ellsbury’s seven years in Boston. The fans responded with a round of applause that time and Ellsbury waved from the dugout.
Before the game, Ellsbury again explained why he changed sides in the rivalry and signed a seven-year, $153 million with New York.
“When the Yankees let me know they were interested, I was excited because of the opportunity to win again, to play on a team that’s committed to fielding a team each and every year that’s has potential to win,’’ he said. “I wanted to go to an organization and New York was right there.
“First class, I think of the championships, the history, the passion they have for the game — a lot of things the Red Sox, but they gave me the opportunity to play seven more years in the big leagues. They gave me the opportunity to play the game I love and I’m excited for that.”Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.