Yankee Stadium has been getting bad lately. It’s been non-stop booing from fans who would rather boo struggling players than think back to 2009 and cheer them through their struggles. It’s created an atmosphere where fans are staying away from the ballpark during the playoffs for the first time probably ever as thousands of tickets are going unsold on the secondary markets.
Worst of all it seems to have created an atmosphere where it’s a home field disadvantage. It’s gotten bad enough to the point where Nick Swisher is calling out the fans.
Here is what Swisher said via Chad Jennings of the Journal News:
(Saturday) night was pretty (bad). A lot of people saying a lot of things that I’ve never heard before. Prime example: I missed that ball in the lights and the next thing you know, I’m the reason that Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating. … To go through a stretch like this where it’s kind of a negative attitude, a negative-type setting, that’s tough. But hey, that’s part of the game. Rightfully so. There are a lot of expectations here and I guess when you don’t get the job done, you’re going to hear about it…
…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…
…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.
I get it. It’s frustrating. Four members of the lineup aren’t hitting even a little bit and it’s hard to sit back and watch this. But fans have forgotten that this is the same lineup that scored more runs than any other team besides Texas. They finished third with a .335 wOBA with runners in scoring position.
And the Detroit Tigers haven’t scored a whole lot more runs than the Yankees. Considering the bad calls the Yankees have gotten from the umpires it’s actually been a damn close two games. It’s not like Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder are the hottest hitters in the game either right now.
Things aren’t that bad. There is no reason that Yankee Stadium has to be a mausoleum. I’m not sure if Swisher is right to call out fans like that, especially considering he’s been one of the biggest no-shows of all, but this is not the way to show support for your team.