The playoff pressure of playing for the New York Yankees might finally be getting to Nick Swisher. After the Game 2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon, Swisher complained to the media that he was getting what he considered unfair treatment from the fans.
“A lot of people saying a lot of things I’ve never heard before,” Swisher said on Sunday. “Prime example – I missed that ball in the lights [in Game 1] and next thing you know I’m the reason that [Derek] Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating. … They were saying it was my fault.”
“It hurts,” Swisher continued. “Sometimes I’m a sensitive guy. Some of the things people say, they get under your skin a little bit but hey, I’ve been lucky to be here for the last four years, and we’re not going to go out like this. I’m one of those guys that you give me a hug and I’ll run through a brick wall for you. Right now it seems like there’s a lot of … I’m trying to find a way to word this the right way, it’s tough. It’s really tough. Because you want to go out there and you want to play for your city, you want to play for your team. Just right now, it’s just really tough.”
It’s tough? Come on, Swisher. You have been playing in New York for three years and you have yet to hit above .211 in any postseason. New York is a town that expects you to produce. Not carry a team but produce. So if the fans boo you or serenade you with “Na-Na-Na-Na Goodbye” don’t get bitter, get better.
Swisher is used to a very good relationship with Yankees fans and for the most part he has not seen the fans turn on him yet. It happens to almost every Yankee. It happened to Roger Maris. It happened to Mickey Mantle. It happened to Tino Martinez, Mariano Rivera, and everyone in between. This is New York. People get booed. Just be thankful your name isn’t Alex Rodriguez. Thank goodness for the small things, eh, Swish?