Ellsbury thanks fans, Sox on the way out ... then takes Clemens' old number

The departing Red Sox outfielder is leaving to go to the hated Yankees, and wanted to express his gratitude on the way out of town. Or maybe he just doesn't want to get booed when he comes back.

Jacoby Ellsbury is now in the Bronx with a new megadeal.  

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Jacoby Ellsbury is leaving Boston, but he's not doing so without one final tip of the cap.

The center fielder, who signed with the Yankees in free agency after winning his second World Series with the Red Sox this fall, has taken out a full-page ad in The Boston Globe thanking fans and teammates.

Ellsbury was introduced with the hated rival Yankees early on Friday, where he decided to wear No. 22, the number Roger Clemens once wore when he was with the Yankees. The Rocket wore No. 12 his first year, in 2000, then switched to No. 22 after that.

He can probably expect a reception similar to this one:

No doubt, any number he wore drew ire fore the jilted Red Sox faithful, but now seeing Ellsbury will likely conjur those memories.

Still, check out the classy move in the photo below:

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