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Nick Swisher on Yankee Stadium booing: “It hurts … sometimes I’m a sensitive guy”

Oct 15, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Nick Swisher broke from his usual “Roll Call” salute to fans in the Yankee Stadium bleachers yesterday because Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he was “stung by jeers he heard from the home crowd” during Game 1 of the ALCS.

Here’s more from Swisher:

That’s the last thing that I ever thought would be in this ballpark, that people would get on you that bad. Especially your home, where your heart is, where you’ve been battling and grinding all year long. It’s just frustrating, man. You never want to be in that spot. It’s not like you’re trying to go out there and do bad on purpose. It’s just tough, man.

Swisher has played four years in New York and, based on those comments, apparently hasn’t noticed the Yankee Stadium crowd booing Alex Rodriguez on a semi-regular basis essentially that entire time.

Swisher added that he doesn’t like the personal attacks he’s heard within the boos:

Last night was pretty big. A lot of people saying a lot of things that I’ve never heard before. Prime example: I missed that [12th-inning Delmon Young] ball in the lights, and the next thing you know, I’m the reason that Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating. They were saying it was my fault. …

It hurts. Sometimes I’m a sensitive guy and some of the things people say, they get under your skin a little bit. I’ve been lucky to be here for the past four years, bro. We’re not going to go out like this. We’re going to go to Detroit and give everything we’ve got.

Blaming him for the Derek Jeter injury is silly, of course, but “I missed that ball in the lights” isn’t a magic wand that can be raised to remove all criticism, particularly considering Swisher is now hitting .167 in 45 career playoff games. He’s been terrible and the Yankee Stadium crowd, like many baseball crowds, often boos players who perform terribly. There’s not a whole lot else to it, although Swisher’s impending free agency does add an extra wrinkle.

I do, however, appreciate Swisher so perfectly fitting his reputation by including “bro” in his quote.

  1. serbingood - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Nick owes his NY years to Xavier Nady. I recall that NY got Nick before they got Tex. There was talk that Nick would be traded before ever putting on a uniform. Nady went down very early in the season, Nick became the regular RF and the rest is history. He is a decent RF and 1B and he did pitch in an extreme situation.

    The entire team deserves to be booed since the All Star game. Their 10 game lead – poof – gone. Getting hits to drive in runs, also gone. The fans have as much right to boo as Nick has to comment on it. Unless the entire team is taking a dive, there is something seriously wrong with NY for the last 120 days.

    Leave Nick alone. He is a symptom, not a cause. I hope he’s back for another 3-4 years. Good in the RF and 1B, and can hit for average and decent power.

  2. arsenalyankee - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    You Yankee fans should respect your players. Ok he is not playing well but booing swish is not the answer. He tries his heart out. In the uk yes we moan at our players but never boo them. Grow up and let’s get behind our great team.

    • seahawk8 - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      yo bro , the yankees blow, Old and done

  3. mackie66 - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    yo,,bro,,,how many playoff games have u played in.

  4. agstoll - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    You know, many of the fans wouldn’t boo if the players RAN OUT their ground balls, rather than watching them and jogging to first base. These are the times that I wish Tino and Paul were still on the team – they would never stand for that! Nick almost didn’t make it to first on a line drive that Infante didn’t catch, simply because he wasn’t running to first base. That drives me nuts!

    • sparky1002 - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      Exactly….they are paid high salaries to run out every hit, to play the game with as much ability as they can muster. Cano and others come to mind, especially Cano with his lackluster running on the bases that have cost the Yankees runs. I guess he`s stuck in that homerun trot because he has hit so many of them in his career. Too bad in the playoffs he has been stuck with the “trots” without the “runs” (no pun intended?).

  5. keithosaunders - Oct 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    He’s surprised his home fans would boo him? Has he ever heard of Ed Whitsen?

  6. dkphilly1122 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    …….and to think people are always talking about Philly fans booing. Fans are fans and passionate for there teams. Nobody ever said the crowd couldn’t boo there team if they’re doing as bad as the Yankees been playing. So get over it Swish, it comes with being a Professional athlete. You’re getting paid either way so at the end of the day do you really care??

  7. jayscarpa - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Nick has nothing to worry about. The Yankees will start Gardner in his place tomorrow.

  8. mvpdj2000 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Nick, it’s not personal it is only business. 4 years and .167 postseason avg isn’t getting it done.

  9. phalatek6 - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    I wonder if these quotes are easier to share when you’re pretty much sure to be on a different club in 2013?

  10. cmdrsmooth - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Hahaha. Yankee fans greatest fans in the world. Spoiled little babies. No support for their team when down. Front runners.

    Same with Swish, he is all gun ho when they beat up on a team with a 10th of the Yankees budget, but when he is forced to produce, he can’t do it. Chumps !

  11. scoratz - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Swisher needs to put away the tissues and stop feeling sorry for yourself. Good luck getting a big contract, not a big time player and might be one of the worst postseason players EVER!

  12. shmully86 - Oct 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    here’s the deal. when you put a lot of pressure on somebody, it makes it harder to do that thing. so if you want your team to win don’t put so much pressure on them. your hurting your team.

    I have been a NY fan for a long time. Players that come to NY often do not play as well because there is just pressure like if you don’t get it done it is the end of the world.

    Other places also put pressure on their teams but nothing like NY.

    The point is, you have the right to boo. but you also have the right to beat yourself or starve yourself but you don’t. booing is just hurting your team. so you can do it but just realize what your doing.

    Baseball especially. You have to be loose to hit. You can just see the yankees pressing and they couldn’t hit a thing. I absolutely think that the pressure on the yanks caused them to lose this series.

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