Prior to every game, Nick Swisher signs autographs for the fans, but instead of it being at Yankee Stadium, it’s at a minor league park–and frankly, Swisher is getting tired of being a minor leaguer.
“I guess they don’t owe me anything,” Swisher spoke about the Yankees, after he was cut from the Atlanta Braves earlier this season. “They’re giving me an opportunity to play every day to show what I still have. But I don’t want to be here. … I’m not giving up.”
When Dustin Ackley‘s season ended after a labrum tear and Mark Teixeira went on the disabled list with an articular cartilage tear in his knee, the team had to call up a legit first baseman to replace both Ackley and Teixeira on the roster. Many figured the one getting the call-up would be Swisher who was grinding it out at the Triple-A level. But the front office decided to go with a different approach, calling up Chris Parmelee and Rob Refsnyder, despite the fact Refsnyder isn’t a first baseman.
“It’s frustrating to see guys get hurt and a lot of different people get called up and not be one of them,” Swisher said. “It’s like, ‘What do I have to do?’ And then you try to do too much. I just have to play better.”
Swisher had a promising April with the RailRiders, but his terrible May brought his numbers down to .234/.250/.344. While Swisher calls his recent slide a slump, he was only able to work four walks in 38 minor league games, which gives an indication that he can’t see the baseball as well as he used to.
Despite many believing that Swisher should hang up his cleats, Swisher refuses to give up.
“I’m just gonna keep grinding and keep being me,” Swisher said. “Hopefully somebody will want that.”
And Swisher believes that team will be the Yankees.
“I know I have the whole fan base, the whole city behind me,” Swisher said. “I’m not doing it for the money. I just want to be on that field and hear that crowd again.”