The New York Yankees are currently down 2-0 to the Detroit Tigers in the American League American League Championship Series, and if anyone knows New York, it’s no secret they’re some of the most passionate fans in the world. Unfortunately, that passion can swing the pendulum two different ways. The Bronx Bombers haven’t played anything close to their best baseball against Detroit, and fans are rightfully upset. Their discontent has led to fan favorite, outfielder Nick Swisher, being somewhat hurt by Yankees fans criticism:
“A lot of people saying a lot of things I’ve never heard before. Prime example – I missed that ball in the lights [in Game 1] and next thing you know I’m the reason that Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating. They were saying Jeter’s injury was my fault.”
I have always felt that fans have a right to be passionate and are allowed to be pissed off at losing. They can rant and rave all they want as long as personal attacks on players aren’t a part of it. Nothing bothers me more than a fair-weather fan who loves his team when they’re winning, and becomes a despicable, personal, and less supportive fan when the team faces adversity.
“It hurts. Sometimes I’m a sensitive guy. Some of the things people say, they get under your skin a little bit but hey, I’ve been lucky to be here for the last four years, and we’re not going to go out like this.”
Swisher admits he has not played up to par this post-season, batting just .154, going 4-26 with eight strikeouts. It’s been a tough go for everyone in pinstripes regarding the ALCS, but Nick Swisher maintains a positive outlook:
“I’m one of those guys that you give me a hug and I’ll run through a brick wall for you. Right now it seems like there’s a lot of … I’m trying to find a way to word this the right way, it’s tough. It’s really tough. Because you want to go out there and you want to play for your city, you want to play for your team. Just right now, it’s just really tough.”
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