Originally written on Sliding Into Home  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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Apparently, Nick Swisher was upset at the treatment he's been receiving from some bleacher creatures over the last couple games. Here's more on the story via Bryan Hoch:Nick Swisher and Yankee Stadium's right-field Bleacher Creatures have enjoyed a warm relationship over four seasons in the Bronx, one that includes Swisher enthusiastically acknowledging cheers with a left-handed salute during "Roll Call" each day. But on Sunday, as the Yankees took the field for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, Swisher's heart wasn't quite in it. Stung by jeers he heard from the home crowd during the Yankees' Game 1 loss to the Tigers, Swisher acknowledged that he offered just a lackluster wave when he heard his name chanted. "That's the last thing that I ever thought would be in this ballpark, that people would get on you that bad," Swisher said after the Yankees lost, 3-0, to fall into a 2-0 deficit in the ALCS. "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." ... what troubled Swisher were personal jabs and critiques that seem unfair. "Last night was pretty big," Swisher said. "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 [Derek] Jeter got hurt. It's kind of frustrating. They were saying it was my fault." ... "I'm one of those guys that if you give me a hug, I'll run through a brick wall for you, man," Swisher said. "It just seems right now like there's just a lot of ... it's tough. It's really tough. You want to go out and play for your city, play for your team. Right now, it's just really tough. "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." And one more from the Daily News:“As the game progresses, you’re trying to go up there and get a hit. If you don’t, people let you know about it,” said Swisher, who is batting .154 with one RBI through seven postseason games this October. “It’s a tough spot. Hey man, I guess that’s playing in New York... That’s New York for you.Also, according to a this Newsday article fans serenaded him with: "Na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye." after his final plate appearance. Swisher also went on to suggest that the atmosphere in the Bronx might be hurting the team, calling it "a negative setting." I'm sure there will be some who side with Swisher here, but it's not going to be me. Grow a sack and I don't know, maybe get a damn hit. Then those boos that hurt you so much might just go away. A-Rod said it best in his postgame: “Our fans haven’t had much to cheer about, so you can’t blame them. You have to blame us. If was sitting there I would be perplexed too. We didn’t score any runs. What the hell are we going to cheer about?”
5 Comments:
  • As a former right field bleacher section seat holder (relocated to the left in the new stadium) I know that during the playoffs many non-regular seat holders get bleacher seats and they "behave" in a manner that they think is "bleacher style" rudely. Nick should know that these comments most likely aren't from his regular fans
  • Dear Tiger Fans,

    When I come to Detroit could you please be nice to me and help me to feel good about myself.

    They're so mean to me at Yankee Stadium and my feelings get hurt on a daily basis.

    If your nice to me I promise to be as ineffective in yopur stadium as I am in mine, which also why the fans yell at me and hurt my feelings.

    Nick S
  • Nick - Sorry to hear this hope to see you in a Rangers uniform next year we want you here
  • Nick.

    Your a joke that's why we jeer you. Your not worth .00001% of the ticket price and I'm glad your feelings are hurt.

    It's interesting that while the team is in a 0-2 slump you want to mention how poorly your being treated. How about donate half your salary to help fans buy tickets and then talk about your feelings.



  • Yankee fans have become the worst in baseball.The ugly boo'ing of their own players makes 'em look like selfish,spoiled children with the manners of barnyard animals.They gave the team ZERO SUPPORT but jumped to their feet to BOO at every opportunity.Ugly behavior.Incredibly,they actually expect the players to be LOYAL to the fans and want to WIN FOR THEM.How frickin' stupid is THAT?

    Boo'ing their own is counter productive.It demoralizes the players,makes them cynical towards the fans,embarrasses the city and OTHER YANKEE FANS,The only purpose it could possibly serve is to give loud mouthed,brainless,spoiled a-holes an opportunity to be themselves - at EVERYONE else's expense.

    No doubt,the elitist Steinbrenner Stadium has something to do with this phenomenon.Yankee Stadium was rowdy,and yes,sometimes there was boo'ing [not good then either].But the fans put MOST of their energy into supporting the team,not demoralizing them.Well,it's too mch to expect the stadium to be torn down.But the team should be tron down to the ground.Stop trying to fill the seats by signing older big name players and load the roster with kids.Spend two or three seasons LOSING.FORCE the fans to grow some patience and appreciation for what these guys do.Then,maybe,we'll get another generation of greats like the team of the 90's...and fans who actually deserve them.
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