Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t bypass the champagne last night as he and his Red Sox teammates toasted their success after clinching the American League Divisional Series 3-1 in Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Toasts aside, Ellsbury, a member of the Navajo and Colorado River Indian tribes, had an exceptional night. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe he was “the game-changer.”
In the seventh inning, he stole his fourth base of the series making that the ninth of his post-season career. Ellsbury broke Red Sox Johnny Damon's franchise record for most post-season steals. And he hit .500 in the four-game series.
"It feels great," Ellsbury said according to MLB.com. "We played a great team over there. It was a hard-fought game."
Ellsbury, who will be a free-agent at the end of this season, is expected to get a nine-figure contract.
"We have to have Jake to win, we understand that," said Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, according to MLB.com. "He's plays such a primary position in centerfield, but what he brings offensively … when he gets on base, he creates such havoc for the pitchers.”