Jacoby Stealsbury: Red Sox Center Fielder Breaks Franchise Stolen Base Record

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IAugust 25, 2009

Jacoby Ellsbury is the human version of Sonic the Hedgehog. 

That's right, I just compared Ellsbury to a cool blue cartoon hedgehog, in which his superpower is running really, really fast, his favorite food are chili dogs, and his job is conquering the evil Dr. Robotnik.
Now really looking at it, I'm not that far off. The blazing speed is a given, but instead of eating chili dogs, it's tacos (2007 World Series) and instead of conquering Robotnik, it's the "Evil Empire."
The Red Sox center fielder can call himself whatever he wants. Tuesday night Ellsbury stole his 55th base against the Chicago White Sox to break Tommy Harper's franchise record of 54 set back in 1973.
Ellsbury didn't waste anytime as he struck a leadoff double then swiped third easily without a throw from White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who couldn't get a handle on the baseball.
Ellsbury has only been caught nine times this year, which gives him an 86 percent chance of not being caught. 
Congratulations, Jacoby, you just earned yourself another nickname: Jacoby Stealsbury.
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