• Wild Thought: Will They Love Swisher For Long?

    Posted by on April 14th, 2009 · Comments (13)

    Presently, everyone in Yankeeland is in love with Nick Swisher – and this includes the Yankees, their fans, the Yankees beat writers and just about every Yankees blogger to be found. And, why not? Swisher is batting extremely well now, he’s playing multiple positions – including pitching! – and is providing lots of good quotes and sound bites, etc.

    However, it should be noted that last season, while playing for the Chicago White Sox, Swisher got off to a great start as well. In his team’s first 12 games in 2008, Nick started in 11 of them. During that time, he collected 50 Plate Appearances and fashioned the following BA/OBA/SLG line: .289/.460/.474 – yes, that’s an On Base Average of four-sixty!

    But, then, Swisher hit the skids in Chicago. After those first dozen games, it was all downhill for Nick. In his team’s next 20 games in 2008, Swisher started in 20 of them. During that time, he collected 89 Plate Appearances and fashioned the following BA/OBA/SLG line: .147/.270./213 – which is down-right ugly.

    So, what happens if Nick Swisher, in a week or so, goes just as cold for the Yankees this season as he did for the White Sox in 2008? Will everyone in Yankeeland love as much then and they do now? Well, that’s today’s wild thought…what do you think?

    Comments on Wild Thought: Will They Love Swisher For Long?

    1. nettles
      April 14th, 2009 | 12:29 pm

      Yeah, Swish is a great story right now. He’s a colorful guy and last night’s pitching debut was the only thing fun about that hideous game. But the proof will be how he performs over the long haul. His averages don’t impress much. He’ll get thrown under the bus as soon as he turns cold.

    2. MJ
      April 14th, 2009 | 1:39 pm

      So, what happens if Nick Swisher, in a week or so, goes just as cold for the Yankees this season as he did for the White Sox in 2008? Will everyone in Yankeeland love as much then and they do now?
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      I think a good swath of the population will still love him.

      By the way, Steve, how come your “Wild Thoughts” seem to be about players you don’t care for or connect with? Would you ever be willing to do a “Wild Thoughts” column on one of your faves, like Gardner or someone like that? Please note that I’m not criticizing here, I’m just asking a question.

    3. April 14th, 2009 | 1:55 pm

      MJ wrote:

      By the way, Steve, how come your “Wild Thoughts” seem to be about players you don’t care for or connect with? Would

      Is that true? It’s not intentional. I have no plan when it comes to these – that’s why they are wild thoughts.

    4. YankCrank
      April 14th, 2009 | 2:11 pm

      So, what happens if Nick Swisher, in a week or so, goes just as cold for the Yankees this season as he did for the White Sox in 2008? Will everyone in Yankeeland love as much then and they do now?
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      Swisher has to come down at some point, he’s hitting like Albert Pujols right now and we all know he’s not that kind of player. I imagine Yankee fans will start to get impatient because Yankee fans are irrational and can’t accept players for who they are.

      The perfect way to put it is, if Yankee fans currently boo one of the best player to ever wear the Yankee uniform, why would they not turn on anybody else? This is less about Swisher and more about our impatient, retarded fan base.

    5. MJ
      April 14th, 2009 | 2:26 pm

      Is that true? It’s not intentional. I have no plan when it comes to these – that’s why they are wild thoughts.
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      I just looked through all the “Wild Thoughts” and stand corrected. The topics run the gamut and don’t seem to be targeted in any way. My bad.

    6. April 14th, 2009 | 2:36 pm

      MJ wrote:

      I just looked through all the “Wild Thoughts” and stand corrected. The topics run the gamut and don’t seem to be targeted in any way. My bad.

      Once again, people claiming that I did something or said something that I didn’t say! ;-)

      Yeah, I just checked my last 30 WT’s. Here they are, in no order:

      Wild Thought: 35
      Wild Thought: A Different Kay
      Wild Thought: An Award 1st For A-Rod In ‘09?
      Wild Thought: Are We Going Down To Florida Tonight, White?
      Wild Thought: A-Rod Has Great Timing
      Wild Thought: Best Yanks Rotation In Years?
      Wild Thought: Buck & Tim For Brian & Jean?
      Wild Thought: Casting The Warrior
      Wild Thought: D.J./WBC/D.L./O.C.
      Wild Thought: Did A-Rod’s Ex-Wife Blow The Whistle?
      Wild Thought: Global Yankees Jersey Day
      Wild Thought: Happy Ending For Alex?
      Wild Thought: I’ll Be Damon!
      Wild Thought: Ian Kennedy For Clay Fuller
      Wild Thought: If A Yank Goes In The Hall, And No One Is There To See It, Does It Make A Sound?
      Wild Thought: Is Brian Bruney The Next Scott Proctor?
      Wild Thought: Is There A Catch?
      Wild Thought: Jeter To Second?
      Wild Thought: Melk Dressing
      Wild Thought: One Question For A-Rod
      Wild Thought: Roy Halladay
      Wild Thought: Runaway In East By May?
      Wild Thought: Save-A-Starter Trick Redux Today?
      Wild Thought: Should A-Rod Be More Accessible Now?
      Wild Thought: The Great Race
      Wild Thought: Variable Ticket Pricing In The Bronx?
      Wild Thought: What If Cashman Goes 3 For 3 On the 40% Plan?
      Wild Thought: What If The Perfect Storm Hits?
      Wild Thought: What If Torre’s Wildest Free Agent Dreams Came True?
      Wild Thought: Will They Love Swisher For Long?

      Thanks for retracting the claim. That’s nice – and appreciated.

    7. MJ
      April 14th, 2009 | 3:52 pm

      Thanks for retracting the claim. That’s nice – and appreciated.
      ——–
      :-)

    8. butchie22
      April 14th, 2009 | 4:06 pm

      Like I keep on saying it’s still too early to see what Swisher will really be:the Oakland very good Swish or the shitty Palehose version of Swish. Ultimately, I think he’ll be in between…. Michael Kay was already ripping him for throwing the ball into the dugout. Gym Teacher Joe was gritting his teeth, Georgie Juiced One says no one was laughing , and that’s not the way the team does business. Know what F*&K Yankees INC then!Everyone knows, I’m not the biggest Swisher fan but the guy took one for the team and people are complaining?!! Next time Georgie should try to throw more people out and then talk! That’s not the way business is done in the Bronx, really? Bring the Bronx Zoo back then because at the very least Swisher is injecting the team with some much needed looseness. The team needs to start taking the bug up their butt and loosen up big time.

    9. Evan3457
      April 15th, 2009 | 12:37 am

      Butchie, I don’t agree with you often, but this time, you’re right on the money, 100%.
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      Let’s see…will Yankees fans love Swisher if his average drops from .522 to .222?

      Boy, that’s a toughie, a real poser, a conundrum, a riddle, a corker, a mystery, yessireebob, that’s a real puzzle, a brainbuster, a headscratcher…

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