A Nov 17 capacity crowd filled the parade route then jammed into the Madras gymnasium to welcome home town hero and Boston Red Sox star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury back to Madras. Local dignataries included Madras Mayor Jason Hale giving Jacoby the ceremonial key to the city, representatives from Senator Gordon Smith's office giving Jacoby a copy of the Congressional Record in a speech given by Senator Smith on the floor of the US Senate recognizing the accomplishments of Jacoby this past season, former high school coach Bruce Reece and Bend Elks General Manager Jim RIchards (in photo above with Jacoby) recounting Ellsbury's incredible 5 years from the play grounds in Madras to Genna Stadium in Bend, to Oregon State and then to Fenway Park. A special greetting was also provided by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Chief Delvis Heath recognizing Jacoby being the first major leaguer with Navajo descent. No noubt the Jersey below is quite the valuable memorabilia.
Build it he did, and
come they have
Elks drew 30,409 fans in 2016
The Bend Elks drew an average of 1,126 fans in 27 West Coast League home games and total attendance of 30,409 (which includes 3 non league games) at Vince Genna Stadium. Thank you Elks Fans!