I often wonder how someone goes about scoring a killer contract when, over your seven year major league career, you've only had a handful of highlights. In 2008 and 2009, he led the American League in steals with 50 and 70 respectively. He also led the AL in triples with 10 in 2009. He had his best year in 2011 and here's where you may have thought that he had finally come into his own. He led the AL in plate appearances with 732, and in total bases with 364, AND he had 32 home runs. (He had a combined total of 20 home runs in his first three seasons. Hmmm...) Ellsbury also won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award that season. But sadly, 2011 was flanked by injury-riddled seasons in 2010 and 2012 and then you just wonder if he's just a pansy.
So I had to laugh when I was perusing the recap of last night's performance. They're calling him the Man of Steal. Get it... Steal? I laughed out loud because he is SO not the man of steel. Because guess what? He was scratched from tonight's game against the Yankees with a "tight groin." Seriously?
Ellsbury told reporters, "But, yeah, I got here early and got all the treatment I could get, and it continued to stay tight, and I want to do the right thing so it doesn't get worse."I read that as, "I don't want to risk making it worse and ruining my chances of a big, fat, new contract." He's currently listed as day-to-day but you know how it goes with this guy—he'll most likely be out until the All-Star break. I've renamed him Miss Little Flower Sissy Pants.