I’ve always liked Nick Swisher. I’ve had nothing against him. Forget about the postseason struggles, any person with such a positive attitude that can play baseball at a high level is great for any team let alone the Yankees. It’s coming to the point we’ve all seen – his impending free agency. Why I write this now you might ask? Because the Yankees are were just eliminated in embarrassing fashion. But that’s beside the point. Game 4 was probably the last game we’ll see Nick Swisher in Pinstripes.
He’s a free agent this offseason and any hope of him staying for a marginally lower deal than what he could get on the market was shot down when Yankee fans insulted him and said horrible things about his stunning wife, Joanna Garcia Swisher. Amazing. Yankee fans really know how to treat players and their wives in the stands. Remember Cliff Lee’s wife? Yankee fans loved spitting on and cursing at her. Class acts sometimes. Anyway, Swisher voiced his pain with how fans were treating him and rightfully so. He’s had fantastic years while here, and while he had his struggles in the postseason, his time hitting .268/.367/.483 with 105 home runs in four years. Well that’s pretty damn good if you ask me. He played a solid right field and was a tremendous presence on the 2009 World Series team.
Swisher has always struggled in the postseason but more than made up for it during the season. It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t pull through finally. It would have been nice to see him get a deal like Jayson Werth however it’s going to be less likely after his recent struggles. A guy who plays hard and put in his dues, deserves to get something in return, I just wish I could be with the Yankees.
It seemed that Swisher really fit in with the Yankees and was very comfortable. To see him finish a Yankee would have been ideal since he brought an energy that was missing for some time with this team. But not all good things can last. Maybe it’s best for Nick Swisher to move on. Probably, since it seems fans are turning on players left and right.
It’s just a shame to part ways with a guy as loveable as Swisher. Maybe I have a special liking for players – because the former player in me knows how tough it is to succeed in baseball – let alone at the Major League level. Maybe because the spoiled nature of a lot of Yankee fans is getting sickening and I like players who become the “bad guys” in all of it. Either way, I’ll always remember the salute, the energy, and the pie. I wish he just got a better rap from the rest of the Yankee fan base.