Future belongs to Ellsbury

Sox center fielder approaches pivotal season with confidence and optimism

Updated: March 5, 2013, 2:03 AM ET
By By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury will turn 30 in September. Wasn't it just yesterday that he used the World Series as his personal coming-out party, the most exciting Red Sox center fielder since Freddie Lynn?

"I'm still young," Ellsbury said with a smile. "Time flies when you're having fun. I debuted at 23. That's seven years, almost. I've seen a lot of different things, a lot of different changes. It's been fun."

Well, most of it, anyway. The .438 average against the Rockies in the 2007 ...

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