Recently signed New York Yankees' outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has taken out an ad in the Boston Globe thanking the New England fans for their support and friendship over the past seven seasons.
Give me a break from this crap.
Firstly, let's dig deeper into the Jacoby situation. This is obviously just a PR move so that the fans of Boston won't want to smash a bottle over his head in April when the Yankees come to town. Ellsbury is just another multi-million dollar egomaniac who think he is more important to the fans than he actually is. The truth is...Red Sox fans, for the most part, don't give a s*** that he left Boston and also don't really give a s*** that he signed with the Yankees. In their opinion he is ruining the Yankees from the inside-out because they massively over-payed for an oft-injured player, whose game is relatively one-dimensional (speed). His power numbers may see a bit of a spike playing 81 games in Yankee Stadium, but seven years is way too long to pay a player who will, most certainly, lose a step or two after 4 or 5 seasons. Sox fans are probably wondering who they will actually see in the Yankees' outfield when the season rolls around...because the chances are that Ellsbury and Beltran will be on the DL.
Enough about Jacoby, it's time to get into this buying of ad space.
This is a epidemic in sports recently that has to stop now! Teams, coaches, and players snapping up ad space to thank their opponent, or thank their former city, are PR and ego driven. A team wins a championship and takes out an ad in their opponent's home town paper thanking the fans and players for a great series...come on. Rub it in some more why don't you.
As for the players, where does the line get drawn? Is Shin-Soo Choo going to take out an ad in the Cincinnati Enquirer when he leaves the Reds? Maybe Gavin Floyd when he leaves the White Sox will hit up the Chicago Tribune for an ad. Stop it! Gary Kubiak even took out an ad in the Houston Chronicle after he was fired by the Texans.
These ads are only acceptable when legendary players retire and when there is some sort of disaster or tragedy in a city (e.g., Boston Marathon bombings).
From now on, if you want to thank all of the wonderful friends you made during your time in the city...send them a text or tweet. Otherwise, they aren't your friends.