How Nick got here

Swisher, Sabathia lead Yanks over Royals
Understanding why Hughes is Scranton's fourth starter

As Nick Swisher is, in five games, taking the Yankees by storm, Times beat writer Tyler Kepner played a fun little game with Nick. While we know Swisher arrived on the Yanks through a trade with the White Sox that saw Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez end up in Chicago, Swisher’s path to the Yanks actually started nearly twenty years ago. As Kepner details in The Evolution of a Trade, when the Yanks signed Ruben Rivera out of Panama in 1990, they set the wheels in motion that would eventually land them Swisher. It’s baseball’s own version of the Kevin Bacon game.

Swisher, Sabathia lead Yanks over Royals
Understanding why Hughes is Scranton's fourth starter
  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Here’s my take

    http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/?p=2523

    I think Cash deserves credit for turning some mistakes into useful players on more than one occasion.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    With Tex sidelined for a few days, think of where this team would be without Swish. Who would be playing 1B? Shelly Duncan?

    We finally have some depth and versatility on the bench. I can see us coming to appreciate this more and more as this season progresses.

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Pretty funny how things work out. Soon, will we be hearing how Swisher is the guy who would fit on those dynasty teams and not Nady?

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Ugh, don’t encourage them.

  • steve (different one)

    if you wanted to take this further you could draw in all sorts of players…

    Rivera —> Irabu —> Lilly —> Weaver —> Brown (not the best result)

    RJ –> Ohlendorf/A-Gon/Vizcaino

    A-Gon –> Nunez —> Swish

    Ohlendorf —> Nady

    Vizcaino —> Bleich (yeah, i’m reaching)

    • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      No, you’re not reaching.

      Tom Gordon–>Kennedy and Joba.

      • UWS

        And didn’t Pettitte ’03 -> Hughes?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Yep.

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