Jacoby Ellsbury‘s transition to the other side of baseball’s greatest rivalry was completed Friday morning.
The center fielder, who left the Red Sox to sign a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees, was officially introduced to the New York media at a press conference at Yankee Stadium.
“You are going to make my job a lot easier,” manager Joe Girardi told Ellsbury from the podium. “You are no longer a thorn in my side.”
With Ellsbury’s usual No. 2 already taken by Derek Jeter — and a lock to be enshrined in Monument Park as soon as the shortstop retires — he will instead wear No. 22 with the Yankees, the number previously worn by Roger Clemens.
Check out the first look at Ellsbury in pinstripes in the photo below.
Jacoby Ellsbury introduced as the newest member of the Yankees. He will wear Clemens old number '22', very fitting. http://t.co/TOlkBN1w4B—
(@Fox25Sports) December 13, 2013