Via Ben Shapiro -
For years, Paul O’Neill was the New York Yankee who Boston Red Sox fans loved to hate.
O’Neil hasn’t played in pinstripes since the end of the 2001 season, and Red Sox fans have found plenty Yankees to dislike in the meantime.
Since 2009, Nick Swisher has been one of the least popular Yankees in Boston — a large feat considering how little love Red Sox fans have for all who wear pinstripes.
That might make it a little odd to think about the very real possibility that Swisher could wear a Red Sox uniform next season. According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Red Sox have been engaged in on-going talks with Swisher and his agents.
The Red Sox need at least one outfielder. Even after signing Jonny Gomes, the Red Sox are still light in the outfield.
Swisher possesses some qualities on which the Red Sox place a priority.
He’s a 32-year old switch hitter who can play either the outfield (normally right field) or first base. He has hit 20 or more home runs for nine seasons in a row. Swisher has an unimpressive career .256 batting average, but that is offset by a very respectable career on-base percentage of .361.
Swisher is not popular among Red Sox nation right now, but odds are that he’d be a fairly productive player in Boston
He might even make Red Sox fans forget about his pinstriped past.
Swisher would be the perfect Masshole, in the model of Millar, Schilling and the others before them…