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It's time to embrace Jacoby Ellsbury

Speedy Red Sox CF is proving his worth -- and grit -- on baseball's biggest stage

Updated: October 11, 2013, 3:23 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- His teammates admit Jacoby Ellsbury isn't really healthy, and they are grateful for his willingness to fight through the pain of a compression fracture in his foot that could have ended his season.

Imagine if Ellsbury had shut it down. Can't you hear the narrative? There he goes again. So talented, but so soft. Won't play hurt because he's saving himself for the truckloads of cash that await him in free agency.

Instead, Boston's gifted center fielder sat out 16 games from ...

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