• Is The Yankees Fan Love Affair With Nick Swisher, And Vice Versa, Over?

    Posted by on October 14th, 2012 · Comments (9)

    Via Mr. Met Carig -

    Yankees fans turned their backs on the struggling Nick Swisher, and during Sunday’s 3-0 ALCS loss to the Tigers, the soon-to-be free agent turned his back on them.

    In the middle of another brutal October for Swisher, who has been booed throughout the postseason, the rightfielder barely acknowledged his fans. It was a stark departure for Swisher, who arrived in a 2009 trade, then made himself a favorite with his jovial personality and his constant interaction. The lovefest ended Sunday.

    “It hurts,” said Swisher, who said he was disappointed by the fans’ behavior. “Sometimes, I’m a sensitive guy. Some of the things people say, they get under your skin a little bit. But hey, man, I’ve been lucky to be here for the last four years, bro, and we’re not going to go out like this.”

    But if the Yankees are knocked out in Detroit, Swisher’s critical remarks about the fans likely will be his final act in New York. The 31-year-old will be a free agent at season’s end and is unlikely to re-sign.

    After his final plate appearance, Swisher said fans serenaded him with: “Na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”

    Swisher’s regular-season performances have been overshadowed by consistent postseason failure. To more boos, he finished 1-for-3, which put his 2012 postseason average at .154 (4-for-26).

    Swisher acknowledged that getting booed for poor performances is “part of the game,” especially in New York where, “there’s a lot of expectations.” But he also railed against jeers he heard Saturday night when he had trouble with a line drive in the 12th. One play later, Derek Jeter fractured his ankle.

    “Prime example,” Swisher said. “I missed that ball in the lights and next thing you know, I’m the reason that Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating . . . They were saying it was my fault.”

    He added, “When things kind of turn like that, it obviously hurt a little bit because this is the type of city and crowd that really rallies around their team and that’s the reason we’ve got 27 championships. But to go through a stretch like this where it’s kind of a negative attitude, a negative-type setting, that’s tough.”

    Swisher arrived at Yankee Stadium Sunday determined to keep his distance. He typically takes warm-up throws near the rightfield fence, within earshot of fans. But he took his tosses closer to the infield. He began his “Swisher Salute” in 2009 to acknowledge the Bleacher Creatures during the traditional roll call. This time, fans in rightfield noted on Twitter that he offered only a lackluster greeting.

    Looks like the grinning WWE-wannabe ass hat is heading out of Yankeeland on a low note. I’m just surprised that it took him four years to wear out his welcome.

    Comments on Is The Yankees Fan Love Affair With Nick Swisher, And Vice Versa, Over?

    1. October 14th, 2012 | 11:44 pm

      He in many ways has become the poster boy for the Yankees of the 21st Century October experience. Shockingly bad performances including the nightmare of 2004, the bug series of 2007, the hellish 2006 series, 2010 horror show, the 2003 World Series. How did it come to this? Swisher is a lost postseason cause at this point, I would start Gardner in left and Ichiro in right and DH Raul.

      Things are so bad I actually wanted CC to pinch hit for Cano, who seems completely lost.

    2. Evan3457
      October 15th, 2012 | 5:27 am

      You don’t like the fans treating you like that, Nick?

      Hit the ball. Don’t hit into GIDP in key spots. Catch the ball when it’s hit your way.

    3. JeremyM
      October 15th, 2012 | 7:36 am

      Joseph Maloney wrote:

      He in many ways has become the poster boy for the Yankees of the 21st Century October experience. Shockingly bad performances including the nightmare of 2004, the bug series of 2007, the hellish 2006 series, 2010 horror show, the 2003 World Series. How did it come to this? Swisher is a lost postseason cause at this point, I would start Gardner in left and Ichiro in right and DH Raul.
      Things are so bad I actually wanted CC to pinch hit for Cano, who seems completely lost.

      I was trying to decide if there was any point in giving Chris Stewart a shot somewhere in the game. That’s how desperate I was feeling. CC never has had a big hit with the Yankees in his limited opportunities- he had quite the run there with the Brewers, didn’t he?

      As far as the question goes, yep, the love affair is over.

    4. 77yankees
      October 15th, 2012 | 12:38 pm

      He can get over with the crazy happy surfer dude when he does well, but when you blow in the postseason 4 yrs straight, it’ll be an issue.

      Good luck to him in San Diego or whomever, if anyone, is looking to give him the money he wants.

    5. LMJ229
      October 15th, 2012 | 1:31 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      You don’t like the fans treating you like that, Nick?
      Hit the ball. Don’t hit into GIDP in key spots. Catch the ball when it’s hit your way.

      Amen Evan that says it all.

    6. October 15th, 2012 | 2:47 pm

      How much do you want to bet that Swisher signs with someone else next year, and, by June, he will be saying it’s the best place in the world to play and that the fans in New York were too negative and it hurt the players?

    7. MJ Recanati
      October 15th, 2012 | 3:01 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      I’ll take that bet.

    8. 77yankees
      October 15th, 2012 | 4:28 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      How much do you want to bet that Swisher signs with someone else next year, and, by June, he will be saying it’s the best place in the world to play and that the fans in New York were too negative and it hurt the players?

      Yep, and IIRC, didn’t Darryl Strawberry say something similar when he bolted the Mets to sign with the Dodgers?

    9. Raf
      October 15th, 2012 | 8:28 pm

      Yeah, well, if the fans are blaming him for Jeter’s injury I can see why he’d be upset.

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