Q&A with Jacoby Ellsbury
Red Sox rookie holds fond memories of family gatherings
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a lot to smile about this holiday season. Not only did Ellsbury make his Major League debut in 2007, but he made the dramatic jump from September callup to World Series star.
The future is bright for Ellsbury, who is one of the most dynamic young outfielders in baseball. The left-handed hitter recently took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss his thoughts on the holiday season with MLB.com.
MLB.com: What are your best memories of Christmas growing up?
Ellsbury: I'd say just being at our house in Oregon with my three younger brothers and opening up Christmas presents, waiting for Santa Claus to come.
MLB.com: Now that you're an adult, what do you love about the holidays at this point in your life?
Ellsbury: I love this time of year -- first Thanksgiving and then Christmas. With two of my brothers in college and me also being busy, the holidays allow us all to get together and eat dinner. It's nice. It's like old times, like when we were younger. It's nice to get back together.
MLB.com: Given what just happened to you on the baseball field, winning the World Series with the Red Sox and playing such a big role, does that make this Christmas and this holiday season even more enjoyable for you than normal?
Ellsbury: Yeah, everybody is excited. My family is very proud and excited. It's just been fun, them sharing the moment and the memories with me. They were in Boston for the World Series and in Colorado, and for my birthday in September. It's been a memorable year. This time of year, you can kind of reflect back on what happened throughout the course of the year -- not only myself, but the rest of the family. We have some great memories of 2007.
MLB.com: It had to mean a lot to you, not just winning the World Series, but breaking into the Major Leagues earlier than you could have expected. How memorable was this year as a whole?
Ellsbury: Very memorable, just the way I started off in Double-A, then went to Triple-A and got the first callup before the All-Star break, then being a September callup and being put on the postseason roster -- just the whole year, just kind of how everything unfolded. I couldn't be more grateful than to see what's happened on the baseball field and now to be able to enjoy it all with my family.
MLB.com: When you were a kid, do you remember getting a certain present that really made you happy?
Ellsbury: I remember when we got Nintendo, just the regular Nintendo. I remember all my brothers were pretty excited about that. I remember even looking back -- we have some home video of it. We'll break out those home videos when we get back for the holidays.
MLB.com: Do you remember giving a gift to somebody that meant a lot to you at the time?
Ellsbury: I remember playing a joke on my little brother. I had this huge, huge box, I wrapped it up, put some weights in it and he got to the end of it and there was nothing there. My other brothers were laughing. But then I gave him the real gift -- we always laugh about that. I ended up getting him a scope for one of his guns. He really wanted that for a long time, so he was happy.
MLB.com: Are you an online shopper or are you one of those guys who will actually go the store and buy presents?
Ellsbury: I have to see it -- I have to see it before I buy it. I'm one of those people who has to see it at the store.
MLB.com: What does your family do on Christmas? Does everyone still get together at your parents' house?
Ellsbury: We'll get together at my parents' house. I think the biggest tradition we have is that we all draw names and then we each get a present and we open those on Christmas Eve. Then, we open everything else on Christmas morning.
MLB.com: Do you make New Year's resolutions?
Ellsbury: No, not too much. There's a couple of things I'll work on, but it's more in my head of what I want to do. In the past, I've written some stuff down. Normally, I'm a person that will make goals all year round.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.