Winemaker, Ballplayer, Navajo

ICTMN Staff
1/10/11



On July 2, 2007, Jacoby Ellsbury was playing in only his third game as a major league baseball player for the Boston Red Sox. He had been called up to replace an injured Coco Crisp a few days earlier, and had been playing pretty well.

While standing on second base, Ellsbury, a prolific base stealer in high school and the minors, watched a wild pitch get by the catcher and took off, and scored -- from second. Red Sox Hall of Famer Johnny Pesky described it as the single greatest play he'd seen in his life.

Since then, Ellsbury has become a staple of the Red Sox and one of only three Native Americans in the Big Leagues. Although he suffered a bad rib injury this past season which kept him off the roster for much of the year, he has been a star for the team on and off the field. Namely, with Charity Wines, the label he released his Zinfandel, 'ZinfandEllsbury,' with this past year. All the proceeds are donated across three charities: The Navajo Relief Fund, Project Bread, and the Ellsbury Read Project.

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