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Friday, July 20, 2012

Former Athletic Swisher peeved with reception

When ya’ Swish and sway
In your pinstriped mess
Boo, chicka-boo, chicka-boo

Nick Swisher, beloved for his Type-A personality in four years with the A’s, was booed every time he stepped to the plate in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Yankees.

“I’ve never been booed this much in my life,” Swisher said, visibly bothered. “That’s all I really got to say about that.”

But it wasn’t.

“You boo Chavvy. You boo me. For what?” he added.

So, would he admit he was upset with A’s fans after their performance Thursday?

“No,” Swisher said. “I just don’t care,” his tone and demeanor belying the words coming out of his mouth.

Repoz Posted: July 20, 2012 at 07:32 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. adenzeno Posted: July 20, 2012 at 07:58 AM (#4187787)
He was an A, now is a Yankee...does he really not get it? It seems if people dont like the yankees, they REALLY dont like them and therefore boo....
   2. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:00 AM (#4187788)
Gosh, I can't imagine how getting emotional about it in public could possibly make it worse next time.
   3. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4187790)
KILL YOURSELF YANKEE SCUM!

Booing former A's who are currently Yankees is a time-honored tradition in Oakland. It's called getting Reggied*.

*I just made this up, but Reggie got an earful in Oakland back in the day.

edit: Oh yeah, and hanging in! It just doesn't seem to matter who the A's throw out there it's the same. The rotowire snippets on every A's pitcher seems to be the same--"Not great stuff but keeps getting results..."
   4. Athletic Supporter wants to move your money around Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4187792)
I also don't really understand why people boo Swisher. He never badmouthed the A's and was traded as opposed to leaving as a free agent. He was great for the A's (unlike Johnny Damon who I will boo every chance I get ever). I mean, sure, the guy is a Yankee and therefore evil, but cheer him and boo the truly despicable Yankees like Jeter twice as hard.
   5. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:34 AM (#4187803)
I totally agree with #4. I've never understood why Indians fans booed Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez after they left. They both played great baseball in Cleveland, led the team to two pennants, treated the fans and management fairly, and both did the right thing for themselves and their families when they left. You don't boo those guys, you pat them on the back, thank them, and wish them well in their future endeavors.

Albert Belle? Well, he was kind of an ass. I won't defend him personally, but he was a helluva hitter. Feel free to boo him if you want.
   6. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:42 AM (#4187805)
and wish them well in their future endeavors.

Unless their future endeavors involve the Yankees. A's fans like to boo Yankees, there's nothing personal about it. As soon as he leaves the Yanks they'll stop booing him as A's fans don't dislike him or Chavez. I think you guys are taking this too seriously.
   7. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:43 AM (#4187806)
So will that Yankee blogger now call for a fatwa on Athletics players, too?
   8. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:45 AM (#4187807)
So will that Yankee blogger now call for a fatwa on Athletics players, too?

Can the average Yankee fan name ore than 2 players on the A's? I don't mean that as a slight on Yankee fans as even I barely know who these guys are!
   9. OMJ, urban D machine Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:47 AM (#4187809)
I totally agree with #4. I've never understood why Indians fans booed Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez after they left. They both played great baseball in Cleveland, led the team to two pennants, treated the fans and management fairly, and both did the right thing for themselves and their families when they left. You don't boo those guys, you pat them on the back, thank them, and wish them well in their future endeavors.


Indians fans boo those guys because this is a NFL town and people have no idea how MLB contracts work. They think we should have offered them both $200 mill with 65 guaranteed and just cut them if they sucked.
   10. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:49 AM (#4187810)
Did Rickey ever get Reggied?
   11. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4187813)
Did Rickey ever get Reggied?

Oh yeah, he did.
   12. jobu Posted: July 20, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4187815)
Booing former A's who are currently Yankees is a time-honored tradition in Oakland. It's called getting Reggied*.

Or Catfished, or Holtzmanned, or Campied, or Rickeyed. Or Marised. Or Collinsed. Or Home Run Bakered. Or Pennocked. To be an A's fan--from any of their incarnations--is to live on the precipice of your talent being sold or traded off to a bigger market team. It's in an A's fan's DNA.

You'll also know that you'll get a year or two on the tail end of a star's or quasi-star's career: Billy Williams, the Alou brothers, Kingman, Karros, Cepeda....too many others to mention. The yin and yang of being an A's fan. They are not booing Nick Swisher, they (we) are manifesting the insecurity that goes along with rooting for the A's. They are booing the inevitability of "Batting fifth for the [2016] Yankees, center fielder Yoenis Cespedes."
   13. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: July 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM (#4187902)
Swisher is getting booed because he is killing the A's. He's got at least 10 hr's against them and seems to have no problem driving in RISP every time he is at-bat so yeah he probably should get booed.
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: July 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4187948)
Swisher is getting booed because he is killing the A's. He's got at least 10 hr's against them and seems to have no problem driving in RISP every time he is at-bat so yeah he probably should get booed.


You ain't kidding. 11 HR in 38 games. An OPS over 1.000 (best among AL opponents) against Oakland. Damn right you boo the A's-killing SOB.
   15. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: July 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM (#4188031)
Booing former A's who are currently Yankees is a time-honored tradition in Oakland. It's called getting Reggied*.


The All Used-To-Be-A's-Now-Yankee team, by best season for the Yankees:

C - Wally Schang 1921 - 4.1 WAR*
1B - Jason Giambi 2002 - 6.7
2B - Mike Gallego 1993 - 4.2*
SS - Joe Dugan 1923 - 1.6***
3B - Frank Baker 1918 - 4.6
LF - Roger Maris 1961 - 6.7**
CF - Rickey Henderson 1985 - 9.8*
RF - Reggie Jackson 1980 - 5.8

SP - Catfish Hunter 7.7*
SP - Ralph Terry 3.7*
SP - Bob Shawkey - 7.4*
SP - Joe Bush - 4.2
SP - Herb Pennock - 7.5*

CL - Ryne Duren 1959 3.7*

* - career year
** - not career year by WAR, but I'm not passing up 61 HR
*** - played SS for A's, but 3b for yankees
   16. Bob Evans Posted: July 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM (#4188125)
unlike Johnny Damon who I will boo every chance I get ever

If you read this, I would like you to please start booing right now. If someone asks why, you know what to tell 'em.
   17. Khrushin it bro Posted: July 20, 2012 at 01:58 PM (#4188151)
When I was at a Yankees A's game at the coliseum Swisher got booed by the guys in front of me and I told my non-baseball fan girlfriend that I liked him and wouldn't boo him because he was traded rather than signed as a free agent. But if you are a casual fan and don't care that he brought us Gio Gonzalez (who I also wouldn't boo if he ends up on the Yankees) then boo away.

EDIT: If it takes that long of a sentence to decide booing or non-booing then people should be free to boo.
   18. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4188165)
The All Used-To-Be-A's-Now-Yankee team, by best season for the Yankees:


My parents grew up in KC as A's fans (Mom named her dog Finigan, after Jim) and they both adopted the Yankees as their second-favorite team, mostly because of all of the A's players they liked who went to New York as soon as they showed any ability. This is a very good example of the Stockholm Syndrome in action.
   19. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4188170)
My parents grew up in KC as A's fans (Mom named her dog Finigan, after Jim) and they both adopted the Yankees as their second-favorite team, mostly because of all of the A's players they liked who went to New York as soon as they showed any ability. This is a very good example of the Stockholm Syndrome in action.

You should have been taken away.
   20. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 20, 2012 at 02:26 PM (#4188184)
The All Used-To-Be-A's-Now-Yankee team, by best season for the Yankees:

Now make the All Used-To-Be-Giants-Now-A's team, by worst season.
   21. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM (#4188242)
My parents grew up in KC as A's fans (Mom named her dog Finigan, after Jim) and they both adopted the Yankees as their second-favorite team, mostly because of all of the A's players they liked who went to New York as soon as they showed any ability. This is a very good example of the Stockholm Syndrome in action.

You should have been taken away.


Naaah. Sold to the Yankees.
   22. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM (#4188263)
I was at Giambi's first game in Oakland after he went to the Yankees. THAT was some booing. Last night? Swisher doesn't know from booing.
And it wasn't just booing - there was a HUGE guy sitting next to me in the RF bleachers, and after Jeremy G. singled in the first, the Giambis were standing next to each other at 1b. HUGE guy started bellowing, "DON'T TALK TO HIM! DON'T EVEN LOOK AT HIM!" I'm fairly sure you could hear him in the parking lot.
   23. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: July 20, 2012 at 05:39 PM (#4188346)
Not to mention that this is his 4th year with the Yankees which will equal his playing time with the A's. So the fact that it took them 4 years to start to boo him is pretty good.
   24. BochysFingers Posted: July 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM (#4188353)
Now make the All Used-To-Be-Giants-Now-A's team, by worst season.

This is turning into a dangerously fun speculative exercise. Would Ernie Riles make this squad? Kelly Downs? I'm probably overlooking somebody obvious, but I can't think of too many significant Giants-turned-A's since 1990. Gil Heredia?
   25. Justin T seeks a heterospecific consortship Posted: July 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM (#4188355)
#### his phony ass.
   26. SPICEY WITH A SIDE OF BEER ON A BABYYYYYYY Posted: July 20, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4188370)
Swisher is a clown, so I could see booing him. But they booed Chavez?
   27. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 07:37 PM (#4188415)
Swisher is a clown


If he stayed with those sad-sacks in Oakland he'd be a clown in a no-ring circus.
   28. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:38 PM (#4188463)
Instead he's a guy with no fingers, but one ring.

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