An Early Xmas
Jason Bay 2.0 for the Indians
Excellent regular season player. Does nothing in the playoffs. But still I don't get the hate.
Swisher is a pretty genuine guy IMO...he always seemed to act the same whatever the situation was. He probably wasnt the sharpest guy to wear pinstripes, but he seemed to really enjoy playing here.
I despised how Swisher carried himself. Just not the kind of ball player I respect. Too chummy with the opposition. Too happy-go-lucky after personal and/or team failures. The open pandering for that all star spot on twitter. The faux hawk.
But mostly because he sucked when it mattered most.
I hope he enjoys Cleveland. I prefer Ichiro.
Well, I liked Swisher. He wasn't selfish, he wasn't uptight, he didn't have his head up his ass like most big name major leaguers. He knew he was lucky to be playing a boys' game for a living and enjoyed every second of it. I appreciated his attitude and his approach towards the game.
And he got big money too. Good for him. I wish him well.
This is most likely the reason you dislike him... While I hold no ill will towards most of our team, anytime Tex or ARod come to the plate in a meaningful point in the game - i.e. RISP in a close game or trailing, I leave the room... I already know what's going to happen, no sense in subjecting myself to watching it...But mostly because he sucked when it mattered most.
The same could be said of Swisher once October rolled around...
He was kind of a goof, but he never talked down to anyone, never bashed a teammate, never pouted about where he was hit in the lineup, played when he was told to play, wasn't hurt much, ran out ground balls (unlike Cano). Really, he wasn't a great clutch player, and I wouldn't give a 32 year old a 4-5 year deal, but he seemed like a really good guy who played hard.
To me, that's the opposite of being a douche.
Nothing wrong with this deal at all. If he stays healthy is an upgrade over Choo who was always in the IR.
I appreciate ballplayers who take their craft seriously. As I said, I found him a doosh. Some of you didn't. It's a free country.
I rode the fence between getting a kick out of him... and thinking alot of his act was premeditated attention-seeking schtick. I knew we had to move on and he wasnt here long enough for me to give much thought to him leaving.
IMHO, the Indians overpaid. Take Swisher out of the Yankees lineup and out of Yankee stadium and his stats are going to drop. He will still get a ton of walks but his RBI numbers will drop.
As for his "behavior" the calendar reads 2012 and "acting up" by pro athletes has been encouraged and even rewarded by the fans and the media for 30+ years.
What cracks me up are the folks who attacked Jose Reyes (while a NY Met) for "acting up" but claim Swisher is a just a nutty dude.