BOSTON – Former Oregon State outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury won his second World Series title with the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night as the club defeated St. Louis, 6-1, at Fenway Park. The ‘Sox won the series, four games to two.
Ellsbury, who played at Oregon State from 2003-05 and led the Beavers to the first of three College World Series appearances, played a pivotal role for Boston. He batted leadoff, and in 16 games in the postseason, hit .344 (22-for-64) with four doubles, one triple, six runs batted in and six stolen bases. In the six-game World Series, he was 6-for-24 (.250) with four runs, a double and an RBI.
He played 134 games during the regular season, batting .298 with a Major-League best 52 stolen bases in just 56 attempts. He also collected 31 doubles, eight triples, nine home runs and 53 RBI.
"I mean, this is what it's all about," Ellsbury told MLB.com after the game. "You want to be on the big stage, you want to help the team. We treated this like a Game 7. You never know when your opportunity is going to come again, and we're so happy we closed out tonight.
"It's so rewarding this year. I feel very fortunate to raise the banner with this group of guys. It's been so much fun."
Ellsbury celebrated the win, but as MLB.com pointed out, he’ll have a lot on his mind soon as the Madras, Ore., native is a free agent.
"Ells is a really, really good player," pitcher Clay Buchholz said. "That's probably an understatement, too. The dynamics of him doing what he can do on the field, there's not many players like that. I'd love for him to come back. I can give up rockets up the middle and he'll catch them."
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