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Nick Swisher will be hitting teammates with pies this season

Feb 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Nick Swisher

A.J. Burnett had a 4.97 ERA in three seasons with the Yankees, so his biggest contribution may have been the tradition of hitting teammates in the face with shaving cream pies after they delivered walk-off hits.

Joe Girardi was asked which player was most likely to take over that role following Burnett’s trade to the Pirates and the manager named Nick Swisher, who predictably would be very happy to oblige.

Swisher told Bryan Hoch of that Burnett “was a good buddy of mine” and “a good buddy of all the guys in here” before explaining that “we’re going to have to keep something going, man, because people in New York want pie! You know, let’s just keep it going.”

That has to be the most Nick Swisher quote in the history of Nick Swisher quotes, although his “can you pie yourself?” question in response to Hoch asking what would happen if he’s the one who delivers the walk-off hit is up there on the list too.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    And the pies will be Swish-A-Licious as well. Still like cake, maybe have to change alliances. NAH!!
    Phillies vs. Universe this weekend!

    • uyf1950 - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Being pie-man is the kiss of death. He’s as good as gone after this coming season when he’s a FA.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:44 AM

        He was as good as gone as soon as the Yankees decided on $189 million in 2014.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Hi Len. Tell Swisher to leave Arod alone!

      • yankeesfanlen - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        Last year, he left Beep-beep alone for a couple of reasons.

  2. zfreak666 - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    I don’t know if being the pie-man is the kiss of death. Burnett punched his own ticket out of town with his game or lack there of it.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Can he bake a little BSOHL into each and every pie? A little more expensive than TLC, but worth it!

    • jwbiii - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      That’s on the banned substance list.

  4. ladyatthebat - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    AJ is gone and his pies should be, too. Throwing pies is part of what defines AJ Burnett. The Yankees continuing to do it makes them look nothing more like copycats.

  5. fuggles7 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Bah.. Burnett stole this tradition from his time with the Blue Jays as they’ve been doing the pie thing for a long time now.

  6. Jonny 5 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Shaving cream on a towel isn’t really a pie. It’s disgusting and offensive to even try to pass it off as such. The American pie council is keeping tabs and there will be retribution.

    • cur68 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Fact: no one calls that awful mass of shaving cream and terry cloth a “cake”. Why, you doubtless ask? Its because cake is good and pie is awful.

      • yankeesfanlen - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        Glad we’re all in BSOHL for the Spring Training of CAKE vs. pie.

      • Jonny 5 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        Fruit cake. That is all.

      • cur68 - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        I was BORN in BSOML for cake…mmmm caaaaaaake…….

    • jimbo1949 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I read one time that AJ used Cool Whip for his pies, much better than Burma Shave.

  7. paralamaleta - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM


  8. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Fun fact; if you throw a pie in CC’s face, you don’t notice the aftermath 30 seconds later, because it’s all been eaten by then. Even if it’s shaving cream.

  9. lardin - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    You can tell that baseball fans are bored out of their minds waiting for the season to begin, just look at the comments on this post.

  10. kcredneck - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Why would you want to follow Burnetts follies, bad idea, and childness, just saying!

    • jimbo1949 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Wouldn’t want grown men playing a game to act childish. We’ve got tradition to uphold, better to spray them with beer and champagne.

  11. foreverchipper10 - Feb 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    When come back bring pie.

  12. R.D. - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    If Swisher gets his own walkoff, look for Robbie Cano or (if he’s still around) Freddy Garcia to pie him.

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