Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jolly Old St. Nick Swisher gives Yankee fans - but not Jorge Posada - something to laugh about

New Yankee Nick Swisher does it all, from big hits to being the best pitcher on the Yankees' squad during last night's horrible loss, to tweeting on Twitter after each game. But I wonder how much the fun will last, given Jorge Posada's crankiness about him in the postgame.

When Squawker Jon and I were yakking on the phone last night, he wondered how the other Yankees were reacting to Swisher's enormous grin while pitching. Jolly Old St. Nick really was jolly on the mound. And decent, too. Not only did Nick get Carlos Pena and Pat the Bat Burrell out, but he struck out Gabe Kapler! And Nick had the ball saved!

Swisher looked just as pleased talking to reporters, talking about his 0.00 career Earned
Run Average and saying you "gotta find something to laugh about in that moment." He continued, "If that's what it takes to get us back together and get rocking, then I'm all for that."

But Jorge Posada was not amused.

When Kim Jones said to Posada about how "this game apparently ended with some laughs, with Swisher on the mound," Jorge cut her off and said, "Nobody was laughing tonight." The catcher went on to say, "I think today was embarrassing."

Lighten up, Francis.

Yes, it was a terrible loss, but if you can't laugh at seeing Nick Swisher on the mound last night, then I don't know what to say to you. Besides, there's an expression about laughing to keep from crying - last night's loss at the hand of the reigning AL Champions was depressing enough.

It is frustrating, though. Every time some new Yankee with a spark and a sense of humor comes on this team, like Jason Giambi and Johnny Damon, it seems like he gets beaten down into submission at some point by the more humorless guys on the Yankees. And forget about it if you have a, well, different personality, like Alex Rodriguez.

And the thing is, this ultra-serious, buttoned-up way has little to do with real Yankee history. Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and the Bronx Zoo Yankees, to name a few examples, were hardly wallflowers. They even had laughs during losses and everything!

Heck, the hallowed late '90s Yankees once had Wade Boggs eliciting some laughs during his 1997 pitching appearance. I don't think his team's catcher, Joe Girardi, sniped at him in the postgame though for having fun out there, though.

My guess is that Girardi remembered that game, and put Swisher in last night for that reason. Joe may not be a barrel of laughs himself, but he seems to realize that a lighthearted tone is important - remember the pool outing this spring?

Unfortunately for Girardi, some of his players seem to think that there is no laughing in baseball.

The sad thing is, I wouldn't be surprised if one of those so-called "True Yankees" had a stern talking-to with Swisher after he - horrors - looked like he was having fun out there last night. Sheesh.

What do you think? Leave us a comment!


Tanya said...

LOL! That is hysterical! Good for Swisher. The Yankees need to stop acting like a bunch of stuff shirts. It's a game. Games are meant to be fun. The Yankees have taken that away from the players.

Stop being so serious and enjoy the game! Geez!

Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

I hope all this "True Yankees" and Jeter's annoying "this is not the same team" goes all away when Posada and Jeter retire. Have fun! It's only a game!
One of the traits about emotional intelligence is having the ability to laught at yourself.

Alvaro Fernandez Ravelo said...

Both Girardi and Posada were there when Boggs pitched an inning in 1997 ... and from the box score, it looks like Posada was the catcher.

Ryan O said...

"Lighten up Francis"

lol nice one.

Jorge...embarassing is your acting in those Jack Daniel BMW commercials.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was hearing things this morning when sports radio was talking about Nick Swisher pitching...I thought there must be another Nick Swisher in baseball! Well, good for him for laughing and trying to do a good job. Hey, he was better than Wang! They need to lighten up...they were embarrassed last night by Tampa and need to go out and do a better job next time!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Nick! keep it up. If were lucky he'll get those stuff shirts (Posada and to a lesser extent Jeter)to loosen up. It's just a game guys.Just because management is paying you all WAY TOO MUCH to play a kids game doesn't mean you have to suck the life out of it for the rest of us.

Lisa Swan said...

Alvaro, good point. But Posada was just a rookie then - guess he couldn't act all indignant about the sanctity of the game back then.

Jorge's a very good catcher, but I'm so tired of his snippy little comments in postgames. He takes himself - and the game - way too seriously. If there was a Phil Linz playing a harmonica on this team, Jorge would be griping about him to Kim Jones!

Greg Cohen said...

Swisher pitching last night was hilarious. Jorge needs to lighten up.

Greg Cohen said...

Great post Lisa.

Subway Squawkers said...

Thanks, everyone. And Squawker readers should check out http://citifieldofdreams.com and http://slidingintohome.blogspot.com as well! ;)

Brad said...

Not sure Jorge was talking about Swisher as much as he was talking about the game itself. Still he needs to lighten up. Having said that imagine working in a place where anything short of total domination is considered a failure. To a certain degree the Yank's have created this monster.

Paul from Boston said...

I wish I had the Extra Innings package - to see that would have been worth the whole year's fee! Lord knows it was more entertaining than the Sox game. I give a lot of credit to Girardi for putting him in there and more credit to Swisher for having some fun with it!


Anonymous said...

I think it is tough for posada to lighten up. it is probably roid rage.

Lisa Swan said...

Go to yesnetwork.com to see a clip of Swisher pitching!

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