Sep
18

Nick Swisher can brighten up any clubhouse

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It’s hard to imagine the 2009 Yankees without Nick Swisher. Relegated to fourth outfielder status heading into the season, Swisher became the full-time right fielder after Xavier Nady blew out his elbow and hasn’t looked back. He’s en route to what could be the best season of his career. His 59 extra base hits must have Kenny Williams wondering why the hell he traded him for Wilson Betemit and Jeff Marquez last winter.

The Yankees traded for Swisher because they thought they could get a productive player on the cheap. It was certainly a gamble of sorts, as Swisher had a horrible season in 2008. Not only did the Yanks win the gamble, but they got a dividend on their investment. Not only did they get a productive player, but they got a unique personality who brought life to the rigid Yankees clubhouse. That might not add to the team’s baseball output, but it sure makes for a great story.

Swisher is no stranger to stories. He played a big role in Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, the blue chip prospect that even Billy Beane, he who drafted Jeremy Brown in the first round, couldn’t pass up. Scouts and sabermetricians alike loved Swisher for his approach and his power, and it was only after a few breaks that he even fell to the A’s. Once he made the majors, it was inevitable that he’d become a reporter’s dream.

Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated captured Swisher perfectly with a lede he wrote in 2006:

Nick Swisher is good. He is home-run-beltin’, sideburn-wearin’, nonstop-talkin’, bear-hug-dispensin’, self-proclaimin’ good. His coaches know it, his teammates know it, and most of all Swisher knows it.

The sideburns don’t fly in the Bronx, but other than that Swisher is the same guy now as he was then. It seems as though the Yankees clubhouse has come to embrace it. They have been portrayed as a rigid bunch over the years, but the off-season additions, especially Swisher, have seemingly helped turn that around. At least Johnny Damon thinks so:

“He’s had an impact on the clubhouse,” adds Johnny Damon, whose locker is next to Swisher’s. “When I came over, I mean, this place was kinda dead, you know? I almost had to watch everything I said. I didn’t want to upset anyone. But having characters in here has helped everyone. It’s kind of like how Kevin Millar helped me in Boston – we changed the way things were in Boston, but it took another guy to put it full throttle.

“It’s completely different in here now. It’s great, we’re in this new stadium and there’s a lot of room to have fun.”

Even better is what Andy Pettitte has to say about young Swisher. “Nick loves to talk, that’s for sure.” This recalls one of my favorite Swisher stories of all time, as relayed by Ballard:

In college two of his teammates offered him $50 if he could stay quiet for a long bus ride back to Columbus. “It was the hardest thing for me to do. I wanted to just shoot myself,” he says. “But”–and here he brightens up–“I got my 50 bucks, boy!”

While this was meant to be an upbeat post about the most ebullient Yankee, Swisher’s charity work also deserves a nod. He has his own charity, Swish’s Wishes, which is “dedicated to enriching lives and lifting the spirits of children who are facing vital health issues while providing care, comfort and support through the most difficult of times.” He also works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and has donated hair to women who have lost theirs from cancer treatments — an homage to his grandmother, Betty Swisher, who died of brain cancer in 2005. A list of Swisher’s charity work is available on his website.

It might be early morning, but hey, it’s a Friday, so I propose a toast to Nick Swisher. The Yanks got him for next to nothing, and he’s been an important cog in a high-powered offense. Whether he’s slamming a walk-off home run or taking a key walk, Swisher is contributing to this offense and to the clubhouse. So let’s crown his ass. He is who he thought he was.

A great big Swisher bear hug to The Yankees Universe for the tip.

Categories : Players
  • JSquared

    A Toast To Nick!!

  • Nady Nation

    This post is Swishalicious.

  • pete c.

    I love the guy, but when somebody hits a ball to right it’s almost as scary as when Reggie was out there.

    • Robinson Cano

      dude.. we have never had a good right fielder.. off the top of my head i can think of maris and thats it. jackson no, oniel my fav. player ever but no. sheffield? haha. abreu? no thanks. Mondesi? yeah like i said… oh wait jon vanderwal? yeaahhhh.. dont complain about swish’s defense. the yankees have always lacked outfield defense (see johnny damon or chuck knoblough)

      • younguns

        How about #21 as a RF ??

  • the artist formerly known as (sic)

    It might be early morning, but hey, it’s a Friday, so I propose a toast to Nick Swisher.

    Here here!

    {sips espresso}

    • Nady Nation

      /clinks Dunkin Donuts paper cup

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Nick Swisher goes pussytubing.

    • the artist formerly known as (sic)

      GIVE ME A F*CKING HELL YEAH!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        (farts)

        • the artist formerly known as (sic)

          It’s a great addition to the KSK “door flies open” series. S

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Nick Swisher’s sister lost her virginity. Nick got it back for her.

  • Makavelli

    Brodie: T.S. Quint, meet Nick Swisher. They call him Swish “the dish”…

    Nick Swisher: Nobody calls me that…

    • Makavelli

      I take it nobody has seen ‘Mallrats’? lol

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Meh, just because nobody responded doesn’t mean we didn’t see it…

        • Makavelli

          First you take a run at La Fours with a sock full of quarters. I’d do it, but I pulled my back at humping your mom last night. Neetch. Okay, you clock him on his headpiece and knock his ass out cold. That’s when phase two kicks in. I attack the structure Wolvie Berzerk style, and knock out the fuckin’ pin and bickety bam, the motherfucker is rubble. Hence, no game show.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      You don’t know who LaFours is?! They don’t know who LaFours is!

      • Makavelli

        Damn, that bastard’s faster than Walt Flanagan’s dog

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      And a more appropriate play on a “Mallrats” quote involving Nick Swisher:

      Nick Swisher has just hit a walk off home run in Game One of the World Series

      Kim Jones: Nick! How exciting is this for you?!
      Nick Swishe: Adventure, excitement…Jedi craves not these things.

      • Makavelli

        Where do you get these wonderful toys?

      • Klemy

        IETC

  • DRU

    LOVE SWISHER!!! Great move buying low on him. The White Sox abused him, batting him in all 9 spots last year. Great move getting him for Marquez ( who has done nothing so far for the Sox ). Love his power, his eye, love the way he works the count and LOVE is attitude! He’s the perfect fit for this club.

    He may be one of my favorite non-dynasty Yankees.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The White Sox abused him, batting him in all 9 spots last year.

      Pssst… we’ve batted him in 7 spots this year. I’m just saying.

      I’ll agree with you, though, that they abused him and we haven’t. That’s the difference between a manager like Joe Girardi, who’s biggest transgression is not liking ice cream in the clubhouse, and Ozzie Guillen, who’s biggest transgression is that he enjoys flinging his poo on his players (probably).

      • DRU

        haha…agreed

  • Makavelli

    In all seriousness, Nick Swisher has been nothing less than a blessing in disguise. The guy absolutely lightened this clubhouse up and you can tell they are more relaxed. As much as I never really saw “chemistry” as this uber-important quality of a ballclub…in this case…it has made the team relaxed and laid back enough to roll with the punches and not let little things bring them down.

    You accompany this with Alex Rodriguez staying under the radar and you have a baseball team that just comes to play baseball…and with the squad that we have out there…when you mix it all together…you have yourself one scary legion of players out there…and if everybody wasn’t aware…they are now.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      HELLS YEAH!

      (shoves a whipped-cream pie in Makavelli’s face)

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

        Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta take a MONSTER SHIT!

        (tucks box of donuts under arm, exits)

  • DRU

    Nick Swisher is #1 in the league in pitches per plate appearance.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      AWESOME!

      He’s not, though.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b.....order/true

      • DRU

        OH SON OF A BITCH!!! LOL

        Fucking MLB.com, all they have is NP, I sorted by NP and then looked over at AB’s, all the guys listed ahead of him had more AB’s. For now on, Im going to ESPN…

      • the artist formerly known as (sic)

        Yeah…but you can imagine what it would be like if he was…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          True.

          Nick Swisher does lead the league in b#$hes per plate appearance, though.

        • DRU

          Well, not me personally but a guy I know. Swisher and her *got it on*. Wooo-eee!

      • jsbrendog

        heh. well played.

      • K.B.D.

        I believe he meant in the American League.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yeah, but he doesn’t lead that either. Nice try.

          • DRU

            Thanks KBD, but I was looking at the wrong info.

      • Makavelli

        Look who’s at #3!!!

        Sucks that he get’s hurt so much

      • Chris

        Luis Castillo is fifth in P/PA. I think that’s enough proof that it’s a useless stat.

        (I’m just joking, but I do think it’s ridiculous that Luis Castillo is fifth)

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yeah, but Castillo has always been a good P/PA guy. Back in his 20’s when he actually had enough speed to still be a good player, his value was in fouling off tons of pitches until the pitcher made a mistake he could lace for a single, and then steal second.

          Ironically, Castillo has been one of the the Mets best players this year. No power, but a solid BA and gets on base, decent defense.

          • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

            I think Castillo’s a solid player, he’s just not worth what he’s getting paid. Last year was definitely a down year though.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Swisher is contributing to this offense and to the clubhouse. So let’s crown his ass. He is who he thought he was.

    WE LET HIM OFF THE HOOK!!!

    Sincerely,
    Kenny Williams

  • alex gonzalez

    i still cant believe that we basically traded the value of a bag of balls for swisher. he is an energetic guy. i wish he hit a bit more for average, but he has so much power and sees a lot of pitches. i cant believe the gm that traded him still has a job. he brings a lot to a team. look where the white sox are without him. he definitely has the ability to help rally other players and lighten the mood. plus he is even a good pitcher. with our luck that one prospect kid will develop into the ace of the white sox. but at least we got a guy who is fun to be around and isnt a clubhouse cancer like some of the hired guns the yankees have picked up over the years.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      i cant believe the gm that traded him still has a job.

      Yeah, it’s crazy.

      In a related story, I can’t believe Brian Cashman still has a job, because if he was any good instead of the total dumbass that he is, he would have already acquired Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Justin Verlander, Scott Feldman, Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez, Joe Mauer, Torii Hunter, Pablo Sandoval, Prince Fielder, Mike Young, Ichiro, Matt Holliday, and Erick Aybar.

      On second thought, he would have acquired Chase Utley, not Erick Aybar. My bad.

      Sincerely,
      alex gonzalez

      • alex gonzalez

        i never said that. i was asked what players i would have on my team if i could have any. i made the team not based on who i could get, but who i would want.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          i was asked what players i would have on my team if i could have any.

          Yeah… you weren’t, though. That’s what you THINK you were asked, but that’s not what you were asked.

          I will explain… no, there is too much. I will sum up.

          AG: “im pretty sure if i ran this team and got the players i wanted and some of them that we already had i would be able to dominate all the way to the world series.”
          Mike Pop: “No you wouldn’t. Reply to this comment, with the roster you would have.”
          AG: [ridiculous, nonsensical gibberish I won't reprint here because it's too dumb to repeat]
          Mike Pop: “That roster is impossible to assemble.”
          AG “you never said i had to pick a team that i would easily be able to put together. you just said who i would like. that is what i posted.”
          Everyone: “Um, exactly what type of brain damaged are you?”

          … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

          http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-586026

          • alex gonzalez

            i said i would post the roster i could assemble at another date. that was just what i would want. i can dream cant i.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              You can dream.

              What you can’t do is say “I’d do a better job than Cashman” and then reply with some bullshit dream when asked what you’d do differently.

              Nobody cares about your dreams.

              • Makavelli

                ♪♪Dreeeeaaam Weaver…I believe you can get me through the niiiight♪♪

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            Feisty Friday eh?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Meh, he keeps supplying us with awesome material. It would be a crime against comedy to not use it.

              • Mattingly’s Love Child

                I hear ya. I can’t believe he keeps coming back for it though.

                • alex gonzalez

                  im not going to hide from people who have different opinions then me. even when they sometimes dont understand all the facts in an argument.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  He’s almost as big of a masochist as JMK with his unprompted tire-salesman revelation.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  im not going to hide from people who have different opinions then me. even when they sometimes dont understand all the facts in an argument.

                  More words that alex gonzalez clearly does not understand:
                  facts
                  argument
                  understand
                  opinions
                  sometimes
                  all
                  in
                  an

    • jsbrendog

      marquez 2009 aaa at age 24:
      2-8 9.85 era 2.058 whip in 11 starts.
      1.23 k/bb ratio

      career 45-48 with 4.07 era 1.441 whip.

      ace he will not be

      • alex gonzalez

        that is normal struggle for a young pitcher. he still could become an ace.

        /RAB’d

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

          Except Marquez is terrible because he’s never shown the ability to miss bats. I was never a fan, then after he did well in AA I bought in, but he made me look like an idiot.

          That asshole.

          • alex gonzalez

            oh yeah i remember how you said the definition of insane would be trading marquez for damaso marte. marquez for swisher was definitely the right move.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          So let me get this straight, if a prospect struggles for the Yankees he’s a bust? But if they trade him and he struggles, he may come back to be an ace?

          No one with any intelligence on this blog ever thought Marquez was worth much of anything. Patience isn’t needed where there is no talent.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            You’re wrong.

            Marquez may come back to be an ace because he has the ability to win games. Pitchers who win games are aces. Like, for example, Scott Feldman, who is clearly one of the five best pitchers in all of baseball since he has 16 wins and only 5 losses, which is why I included him on my “dream team” with Verlander, Sabathia, Carpenter, and Wainwright – a team, mind you, where I can choose WHOMEVER THE FUCK I WANT BECAUSE THERE’S NO EXPECTATION OF SAID PLAYERS ACTUALLY BEING ATTAINABLE.

            I’d take Scott Feldman over Greinke, King Felix, Lincecum, Cain, Lester, Hamels, Jurjjens, Josh Johnson, Halladay, Beckett, Kershaw, Jimenez, Haren, Webb, Gallardo, Volquez, and all the rest of those losers in a New York Minute. Because the only thing that is important is wins. Stats don’t always tell the whole story, but wins tell you the outcome if the game, which is important.

            Sincerely,
            alex gonzalez

            • Klemy

              TCWA!

            • Robinson Cano

              if you would honestly take scott feldman over tim lincecum you are a damn fool. I would love to be a GM in any fucking league u ever did and i would completely annialate your team on any meeting. You are a DUMBASS!!!!! look who scott feldman plays for. look at their offense. look at the run support he gets.. look who tim lincecum plays for. look at their offense. look at the run support he gets. then compare win totals. then compare personal stats. put them both on the yankees and see how those stats play out…. by the way same goes with king felix.. i demand u recant that statement. actualy no, go with it. then have a fantasy league for money. and let me be in it. so i can take ur money. and burn it in ur face, which would be about as retarded as you taking feldman over lincecum. YOU ARE AN IDIOT. you make America look weak. you give baseball fans a bad name. i dont even know what insult i could possibly throw at you that would equal your stupidity. to make a statement like that is completely rediculous. no one in their right mind would ever in hell take scott fucking feldman over tim lincecum, or probably any of those pitchers on that list. feldman is a product of his enviornment. lincecum is a once in a generation pitcher that will be an ace for years to come he is a freak of nature and ur a freakin retard.

              • Dax J.

                Sarcasm 101 – Teacher:
                tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside. Be on time.

            • Robinson Cano

              you are a fool. i would take every single one of those pitchers over feldmen.. who are you? some nerd that has 60 fantasy teams that sucks at drafting and picked up feldmen when he had 12 wins so u worship him? what are you some gay that has a crush on feldmen? please tell me.. i really dont understand.. i could put up with u saying u want him over webb or cain maybe.. but kershaw? gallardo? felix? really? can u send me some of whatever ur smoking please? wait.. can someone else on this board tell me they agree with him? i mean i read these articles all the time and even the comments when i have time.. but ive never commented myself.. ive never felt the need. generally the fans see my point and i dont have to express it personally.. but this is rediculous i felt absolutely compelled to say somthing. let me know how everyone else feels cuz i think i must be hallucinating (sp?) il be back after a few more beers. Lince K>

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        To be fair, Jhonny Nunez is actually have a good year and has pitched some big league innings this year.

        ML: 5 G, 3.2 IP, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2.45 ERA
        MiL: 42 G, 70.2 IP, 26 BB, 79 SO 2.55 ERA

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          I’ll take a corner OF bat w/ average defense in exchange for a middle reliever/setup guy any day though.

          • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

            Well, yeah, haha. I’m just saying it may not be a total bust for the White Sox, though it’s pretty much looking that way now.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              Yes, the White Sox did get something of value. And since Ozzie had this weird obsession with hating Nick Swisher, it probably worked out for the best for both teams.

              • jsbrendog

                but if kanekoa texera ever pitches in the majors he and nunez are a wash haha…

                but again, at the time regardless of how it turned out it was a steal for the yankees. it is only looking better and better as time goes on.

                i love how cashman made williams throw in SOMEONE ELSE ontop os swisher for that crap. priceless.

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

          And the Yanks got him originally for Alberto Gonzalez, who was 1/4 of the haul for Randy Johnson.

          Wait a second …

          If Randy Johnson was the haul for Javier Vazquez, Dioner Nwvarro, and Brad Halsey, and Javy Vazquez was the haul for Nick Johnson, Juan Rivera, and Randy Choate …

          AND Wilson Betemit was acquired for Scott Proctor, who was half the haul for Robin Ventura, who was traded for David Justice, who was traded for Zach Day, Ricky Ledee, and Jake Westbrook, who was traded for Hideki Irabu.

          That means … wait … Cashman really traded Hideki Irabu, Zach Day, Ricky Ledee, Randy Choate, Juan Rivera, Nick Johnson, Brad Halsey, Dioner Navarro, and Jeff Marquez for Swisher and Kanekoa Texeira.

          Wow, he really is the sux0r.

          • Klemy

            My head is now spinning. Thanks. lol

  • OmgZombies

    Nick Swishe>>>Bag of balls>>>>Kick in Face>>>>Wilson Betemit

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Your math is a little off.

      Nick Swisher’s full legal name is “Nick Swisher, A Bag of Balls”. So, it should read:

      Nick Swisher, A Bag of Balls >>>>> a regular bag of balls >>>> Kick in Face >>>> Wilson Betemit

    • Makavelli

      Being the recipient of a ‘Glass Bottom Boat’ > Having Wilson Betemit

  • St Nick

    Here is a list of the real reason we should be loving this guy

    *Established the Nick Swisher Foundation and “Swish’s Wishes” foundation in 2007 to assist children with life-threatening illnesses.

    *Organized his first Swish’s Wishes Celebrity Cruise in January 2009.

    *Hosted Swish’s Wishes Days in Chicago in 2008, where kids in need would be his guest to the game and visit with him on the field.

    *Was a regular visitor at children’s hospitals in Chicago.*Supports Lynn Sage Cancer Center in Chicago.

    *Dyed his goatee pink on Mother’s Day to raise awareness for breast cancer and blue on Father’s Day to raise awareness for prostate cancer.

    *Provides holiday gifts and a party for mentally challenged children at Janet Pomeroy School in San Francisco.

    *Supports UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, where he served as the honorary chairman for the 2007 Macy’s Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    *Has also funded programs at the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland and frequently reads books to children in the hospital.

    *Teamed with Columbia Pictures in 2007 to host a private screening of the movie “Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” for 400 sick and low-income Bay Area children.

    *Participates in Strikeouts for Troops, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to our wounded war veterans and their children by providing “comforts of home” while they recover in military hospitals nationwide.

    *Toured U.S. bases in Spain, Greece and Italy on a goodwill mission to visit American soldiers and their families stationed abroad.

    *Helped fund two programs for children in need at Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. *Participated in adopting 25 military families in need and provided Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner as well as Christmas gifts for the children in 2007 and 2008.

    *Threw out the first pitch to eight-year-old Adam Bender on 7/1/08 vs. Cleveland… Bender lost his leg to cancer at the age of 1 and was flown from Kentucky to Chicago with his parents, older brother and younger sister by Swisher’s foundation to celebrate the one-year anniversary of “Swish’s Wishes.” Bender plays catcher for his Little League team in Lexington, KY. Swisher provided Bender with a personalized White Sox jersey and a bat autographed by the team.

    *In honor of his grandmother, Betty, who lost her battle with cancer in 2005, Nick joined as an ambassador to the EIF Foundation and the Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

    *Went without a haircut for nearly one year in 2007 as part of the non-profit Pantene Beautiful Lengths program that encourages people to grow, cut and donate their hair to create live hair wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments… his father, Steve, made the “kindest cut of all” on the field in Oakland on 5/19/07, cutting Nick’s hair to be donated to the program.

    *Also supports childhood diabetes, prostate and breast cancer, and the Special Olympics.

    *Was the Athletics’ 2007 Roberto Clemente Award nominee.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah, all that’s great, and I love donating to charity (as I do in the RAB Pledge Drive, which you should do as well), but…

      If he had the personality of Albert Belle and spent all his money on hookers and blow instead of donating it to charity, I’d still love him as long as he keeps OBPing .375 and SLGing .507.

      All that stuff you listed is just gravy.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        +1

      • St Nick

        thats some real good gravy though….it shows hes really a kind hearted man that thoroughlly enjoys helping others…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Oh, no doubt.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      >> Also supports childhood diabetes, prostate and breast cancer >>

      He *supports* those things? :O

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Reporter: Coach McKay, what do you think about your team’s execution?
        McKay: I’m all for it.

  • Brian R

    To Swish! Cheers!

  • Tank Foster

    He’s a great guy. My brother thinks the clubhouse change attributable to Swisher and maybe also Burnett has had the nice effect of taking pressure off ARod. I think he’s right about that. They are more of a team than they have been in years. While we’re toasting Swish, let’s add one for Cashman, Wilson Betemit, and Ozzie Guillen.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      +1

    • alex gonzalez

      anyone who can cancel out some of the negative energy of arod is alright in my book.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        You’ve never had a book.

        • alex gonzalez

          i own the the yankee years by joe torre.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            Not one to be bragging about.

            • alex gonzalez

              also the last night of the yankee dynasty. and baseball and illustrated history.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                You don’t even know what you’re replying to.

                • Dax J.

                  I’d like to present a motion. How bout trading AG for a bag of balls?

                  I think it has more value. Or does it matter if its in different eras?

        • Rick in Boston

          Actually, I need something to read in the bathroom. Can you send me said book. My company’s low on funds and can’t pay for toilet paper anymore.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Are you sure it was a book? Are you sure it wasn’t…nothing?

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            Winner.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Nick Swisher, August and September 2009 – 179 PA, .291/.393/.563 (.956)

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Fourth outfielder.

      • jsbrendog

        oh he doesnt wanna play cf? what a whiny little bitch. he hits 213 and doesnt want to play cf? trade this whiny little bitch.

        /ozzie guillen’d

        • Makavelli

          Brian Anderson WANTED to play CF…but had the pressure of Guillen on him…so he eventually fell off the face of the planet…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Fun Fact #2: Swisher’s post-ASB .967 OPS (.285/.397/.570) is 6th best in the AL (behind only Mauer, Miggy, Kendrick(?!?!), Ol’ Dead Squirrel Beard, and Michael Young) and best on the Yankees (Tex and Cano are right behind him).

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b...../minpa/100

  • yankeegirl49

    I liked Nick since his Oakland days. I was quite happy when we got him for next to nothing. With that said, he exceeded every expectation I had for him.

    When the site to have him on the all star ballot was created, I went and read the comments. There were a lot from A’s fans and even some WS fans saying how they loved him and would be voting for him. Some even said they would be rooting for the Yanks because of him. Says a lot about a guy when fans from his former teams still support him.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      The sun always comes up later on May 6th, to give Nick Swisher’s Cinco de Mayo party guests more time to recover.

    • Zack

      A’s fans loved him, I was out there when he was in his last season there (obviously the fans didnt know though) and probably 75% of jerseys were of swisher

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    I’m just like Swisher in that I don’t stop talking. When I was 4 or 5, my mother paid me a quarter to stay quiet at a doctor’s appointment. I think I got gypped.

  • Zack

    Ha, could you imagine Swisher trying not to talk on a bus ride back?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Someone on the team should bet him a grand that he can’t make it an entire plane trip without talking.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Wouldn’t be worth it for Nick. A-Rod needs to bet him a couple million.

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          Derek could bet him a model or actress or something.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            [ring ring]
            Jordana Brewster: Hello?
            Derek Jeter: Hey, Jordana, it’s Derek.
            Brewster: Hey, how are you? Long time no speak!
            Jeter: Look, I know you’re married now, but I lost a bet and I’m gonna need you to come have sex with Nick Swisher.
            Brewster: Sure, no problem.

            … aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, SCENE!

            • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

              Wow, can’t wait to see the *rest* of the movie!

            • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

              Haha, perfect.

              I actually met Jordana at a Yankee game when I was a freshman in high school. My former Spanish teacher had incredible seats, two rows up from home plate, and took me and two others to the game, it was against Boston and there were multiple rain delays. Finally, on the last one that prompted us to leave, we were walking up the ramp and happened to come across Ms. Brewster. We said hello and my friend, all ballsy and what not, gave her a peck on the cheek. I’ll never forget that game, for that reason, and for the date: Sept. 10, 2001.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                That’s eerie.

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  Even more eerie? Right before getting off Exit 6 on 87 to go into the parking garage, that Incubus song “Whatever Tomorrow Brings” was playing on the radio.

                • jsbrendog

                  you’ll pay for this transgression.

                • jsbrendog

                  Even more eerie? Right before getting off Exit 6 on 87 to go into the parking garage, that Incubus song “Whatever Tomorrow Brings” was playing on the radio.

                  so incubus is al qaida?

                • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

                  It would appear that way, jsbren.

      • Zack

        Rookie hazing should be having to sit next to Swisher on the cross country flights

        • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

          And give Swish an entire case of Red Bull for the trip.

          • Zack

            get the middle seat between Shelley and Swisher

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Remember all the debates in these here parts about how Nady was better than Swisher and that Swisher wouldn’t be able to handle a starting job?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Yeah… that was fun, wasn’t it?

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I can’t find it but I remember there was one debate I had with one guy, I can’t remember who it was, that lasted until something like 2 in the morning.

  • Tank Foster’s Braindead Alter-Ego

    THE LOSER HAS MORE STRIKEOUTS THAN HITS. I JUST DON’T LIKE PLAYERS WHO DO THAT, I DON’T CARE WHAT THERE OPS OR POPS OR WARZ ARE!!!!!!!! AND HE LOOKS LIKE SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN THE OF AND RUNNING THE BASES. LET’S GET SOME GUYS WHO CAN LAY DOWN A BUNT, OK?

    • the artist formerly known as (sic)

      • http://pinstripepalace.blogspot.com/ Brien Jackson

        /Ozzie’d

        I’m guessing.

  • Tank Foster

    Sorry about that guy. We call him Fank Toster around my house.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Heh. I was offended for you.

    • Tampa Yankee

      What happened? I blacked out.

  • RCK

    Here, here!!! SWISHER!!!

    That’s all I have to add. I just really love Nick Swisher.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      I just really love Nick Swisher.

      I, too, have nothing to add, I just wanted to say that louder.

  • Tom Zig

    Nick Swisher is rumored to be dating Joanna Garcia.

  • Jim

    He, AJ and whoever else has been a part of the fun crowd have made this team more fun to root for than any of the past 3-4 years.

    They actually seem to enjoy winning as opposed to it just being part of their day to day job. And I know, act like you’ve been there, but seeing the mosh pits around home plate every other day(or so it seems) is really refreshing. Regardless of post-season success, it has been a LOT of fun rooting for the yankees this year, so, Swisher, I tip my hat to you.

  • Karl W

    I love Swish. A toast to the dude . . .

  • Marsha

    I heart Nick Swisher. I’m getting a #33 Nick Swisher t-shirt for a Chanukah present (hint, hint).

  • miketotheg

    swish is the man.

    Could this be a post about team chemistry?

    ok back to the charts. . . . . .

  • mryankee

    Nick Swisher has been more than what could have been expected. Aj I will be more exicted about his contributions if they come on the field. Big start tonight against King Felix, I dont believe Branyan in lineup good time for Aj to pitch well.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/joba-chamberlain-makes-an-amazing-d.jpg Riddering

    I’m looking forward to Swisher breaking out Thunderbolt for the WS.

  • Karen

    Swishman rocks

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