Boston Red Sox batter Jacoby Ellsbury, right, follows through on a three-run home run as New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine, left, looks on during the 14th inning of the second game of a baseball double-header, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 7-4.

Jacoby Ellsbury Is The Definition of Most Valuable Player


As the debate rages for who is the most valuable player in the American League, Jacoby Ellsbury, Navajo, reminded Boston Red Sox fans who is the most valuable player on their team.  As the Red Sox have fallen deeper into a nightmarish September that has seen them lose 18 games, with the possibility of missing the playoffs becoming all too real, Ellsbury may have just singlehandedly saved their season.

The Red Sox center fielder launched a three-run home run in the top of the 14th inning last night against the New York Yankees, leading the Sox to a 7-4 vicotry (it was his third homer of the day, he had two in the day game of the double header, the only two runs Boston scored.)  The blast also kept the Red Sox one game ahead of the Tamp Bay Rays in the American League wild-card race, which is coming right down to the wire.

Ellsbury's numbers this year are mind blowing.  He's become only the seventh player in major league history to hit at least 30 home runs, steal 30 bases, have 100 RBIs, 100 runs and 200 hits in one season.  Atop of these gaudy numbers, Ellsbury has made plays when it's counted, hitting walk off home runs, game winning hits, and keeping his team in games they would have lost terribly were it not for his consistently outstanding play all season.  He has done all this while playing stellar in his center field position.

The Red Sox are not out of the woods yet.  They head to Baltimore to play the Orioles while the Tampa Bay Rays come to New York.  In last place in the American League East, the Orioles have nothing to lose in their effort to play spoilers against the Sox.  The Sox will need to keep winning and hope for their hated New York rivals to beat up on the Rays as well.  The one thing Boston can count on, however,  is their most valuable player, Jacoby Ellsbury.  If the Red Sox make the playoffs, it won't matter if Ellsbury doesn't win the AL MVP award, he'll have done something much more important -- kept his team alive for the post season as they go for the only hardware that matters, a World Series ring.

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Submitted by dbender on
Sounds like the best American Indian baseball player since the Great Shinob Charles Bender of the White Earth Chippewa descended upon Shibe Park for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics in 1903; winning 3 out of 5 trips to the World Series; he's also credited with the invention of the slider, although back then I'm pretty sure it was called "the Bender". He's won more championships over the past 100 years than my beloved/beloathed Chicago Cubs. It sure would be nice to have another native sitting in the Hall of Fame (inducted 1953) to keep ol' Charles company! Good stuff guys. Read about the life of Charles Bender in the book Chief Bender's Burden by Tom Swift.

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Submitted by ellenlouise on
Jacoby Ellsbury's statistics are amazing. As far as I can tell by my research, he is only the second leadoff hitter in baseball history with 100 RBI. As of this morning, he's knocked in 105 runs. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am especially impressed by his style of play. He conducts himself on and off the field with the kind of quiet dignity that makes him the perfect role model. I hope the MVP voters take that calmly intense leadership style into consideration.