Ellsbury thanks fans, Sox on the way out ... then takes Clemens' old number
Dec 13, 2013 at 11:45a ET
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: