Swisher calls out fans, says playing in Yankee Stadium is tough 17

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.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

17 thoughts on “Swisher calls out fans, says playing in Yankee Stadium is tough

  • Matt_DC

    I have been disappointed in the Stadium fans this post season. I know there has been a lot of poor hitting, and when Swish or Grandy go up there hacking and miss pitches by a foot I would boo as well. That said, solid pitching by Kuroda and Pettitte has been met with almost muted enthusiasm. Too much been there done that attitude, or the fans just act spoiled and boo everything. The fans are not giving the Yankees much of a home field advantage. We have come a long way since the days of a deafening Yankee Stadium with Pettitte or Cone, etc. even if it was the first inning.

  • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13

    I'm just sad that people aren't showing up to postseason games? Tickets aren't THAT expensive for the ALCS. They had to make it look like fans were actually there..

  • Rob

    If the Yankees and their fans don't want Swisher, I would love to him sign with the Tigers as a free agent. He hit .272 this season with 24 HRs and 93 RBis. He's only 31 years old. The Tigers should offer him a three or four year deal for $8-$10 million a season. He's making $6 million per year in the last year of his current contract. Swisher may just need a change of scenery and Comerica Park just might be the right spot for him. Yankee fans shouldn't be down on him just because he lost one fly ball in the lights and is currently struggling at the plate. Half the Yankees team isn't hitting right now.

  • Baseball Serendipity

    I really shouldn't be commenting on this but I'm glad Nick spoke up on behalf of the team. People have forgetten the true spirit of baseball and how hard this sport actually is. 90% of this game is mental, and if the fans are constantly booing you, that's enough to make matters worse. People need to stop being so hateful and support the team that they claim to love. I know what it's like to hear nasty comments from the fans, even at minor league games, and it doesn't just affect the guys, the family feels it too. This is why I have begun bracing myself for the day David gets a call up with NY – because so many Yankees fans are incredibly fair-weather.

  • Gonzalo Hiram

    Watching Jon Jay catch right now in the 8th inning made me remember that great catch from Swisher during the 12th on Saturday to lose the game

  • Tanned Tom

    People who boo are classless, and stupid to boot. How does it make your team better? All it does is allow you to vent, like a 3 year old who hasn't had his nappy time.
    And people who don't think the Swisher trade was a steal? Well you just gave up the right to be taken seriously. The Yankees gave up Wilson Betemit and a AA pitcher to get a guy who hits 23-29 HRs, bats .250-.270 every year. All this because Ozzie Guillen is a jerk and put Swisher in his dog house. Even an idiot can see how great that deal was for us.
    In fact this is one of the all time best trades made by a Yankee GM. You have to go back to the trades that brought us O'Neill, Tino, Brosius, Girardi to find a better deal.
    So if anyone thinks there's been a better trade for the NYY in the last 10 years I'm eager to hear about it.

  • David K.

    If these clueless assholes can hit a single with the bases loaded, then maybe people wouldn't be booing. Rob, I cannot believe you're talking about this lineup scoring the second most runs in the AL. We both know that total runs for the season don't mean shit. The Tigers lineup is a lot better. And the reason is that they make contact and make adjustments and are not one-dimensional homer happy selfish morons. They are professional hitters, and we could use a lot more of those right now.

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