After seven seasons with the Red Sox and two World Series titles, Ellsbury took out a full-page ad in Friday’s editions of The Boston Globe.
“To the fans of New England, teammates and the many friendships made. Thank you!” the ad stated.
He wouldn’t be surprised if he receives a hostile reception when he returns to Fenway Park next season.
“Fans like to boo. It’s just kind of fun to boo,” he said.
But he cherishes his time in Boston. He had dinner Thursday night with former Red Sox teammates Dustin Pedroia and David Ross.
“It was seven great years. The fans treated me great,” Ellsbury said. “The guys in the clubhouse, those are relationships that I’ll have for the rest of my life regardless of what uniform I’m in or the uniform they’re in.”
NOTES: Wells wore 22 at the end of last season. With Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Beltran, Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki, there appears no room for Wells on the roster unless there is a trade or injury.