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Swisher having a blast heading into Fenway

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi said he quite literally can’t imagine what it must be like to be Nick Swisher these days. Of Swisher’s past eight hits, six have been home runs.

“That’s like three years for me,” Girardi said. “I have no idea. He’s swinging the bat great.”

Remember early in the season when Swisher was begging for a homer and couldn’t get one? He hit one home run in the month of April, and he had just two homers through his first 46 games. Since May 29, he’s gone deep 19 times. He has six homers in his past seven games.

“I have no idea, man,” he said. “I’m just trying to go out there and have a blast. I’m putting in a lot of work, me and K-Long have been in the cage a lot. Once you get that groove, you want to continue to keep it. That’s all I’m really trying to do right now.”

Last night, it was Swisher who delivered the crucial blow with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The Yankees are going into a three-game showdown with Boston, and it seems they’ll once again be without Alex Rodriguez. Derek Jeter is expected back from a bruised knee, but he’s missed back-to-back games.

“We do have some guys out, there’s no doubt about that,” Swisher said. “Obviously when you’re in a situation, you want to be the guy to try and step up. Everyone in the lineup is stepping their game up a little bit. I always go back to that word tenacity, but to come in here and lose those first two games, and the way we bounced back to win those last two, that’s just great baseball. Especially heading into a huge series this week.”

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92 Responses to “Swisher having a blast heading into Fenway”

  1. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Swishy for MVP :)

  2. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Swisher!! :)

  3. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    repost:

    Here?s a more in depth explanation:

    Major League Rule 40(a) states that to be eligible to play in a postseason series for a certain club, a player must be on the Active Roster, Disabled List, Bereavement List, or Suspended List of that club as of midnight ET on Aug. 31 of that year. But if any eligible player is unable to play in a playoff series because he?s hurt, his team can apply to the Commissioner?s Office to replace that player with any player who was in their organization ? meaning that he was on the roster of one of their affiliated minor-league clubs ? on Aug. 31, so long as he remained in the organization through the end of the major league season. The only restriction, other than requiring the Commissioner?s approval for all such substitutions, is that a pitcher must be replaced by a pitcher, and a position player must be replaced by a position player.

    So from what I gather ? the player has to replace a player of the same position. But they have to have been with the organization by Aug 31 majors or minors (so any player traded for after 1 Sept is ineligible for any playoff rosters). With Joba, Mitre, Marte and Feliciano ? since they?re all on the 40 man, they can be listed on the playoff roster and then substituted with Betances or any other pitcher on the 40. Banuelos is not on the 40 man roster, so before he could be activated, he would have to be added to the 40 man roster first according to Jim Callis:

    To be eligible for the postseason, a player must be on his team’s 25-man roster as of Aug. 31. However, there’s a major loophole that essentially allows clubs to use whomever they want. Injured players can be replaced by anyone on the team’s 40-man roster.

  4. sunny615 August 30th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Montero is also not on the 40 man roster so if the Yankees wanted to play him in the playoffs, he’d have to be added as well. And according to the Yankees’ Roster, Posada is listed as their official DH. So if Montero would be added as DH, they’d have to break Posada’s leg or something.

  5. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Erin-

    Does Swisher play scrabble with a one armed man? :)

  6. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Yankee Trader- I was going to ask you if you’ve been looking out for the one-armed man!! :lol:

  7. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 9:21 am

    John Lackey stats against NYY:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....ohn-lackey

    We can do this!!

    sunny- Thanks for the clarification. I thought there was a loophole.

  8. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Erin-

    No I haven’t, but I did install a periscope in my car! :)

  9. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    YT-awesome. I want one of those! ;)

  10. Yankee Trader August 30th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Until later everyone. Have a great day.

  11. austinmac August 30th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Yankee Trader,

    I hope Larry D. gets his cut for the periscope sale.

  12. blake August 30th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I hope they give Banuelos and Betances a full season at AAA next year. Both are close but I don’t think either is quite ready and both would have to be on innings limits….mmid rather not have to deal with that again. Let them both throw 180 innings at SWB next year and they’ll be spit polished and ready to go for 2013. Id certainly go that route with Banuelos who is only 20.

    Swisher is probably playing his best baseball as a Yankee right now

  13. longtimefan August 30th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Looks like Arod is out again for who knows how long. Dumb decision to play him that Sunday in Minnasota, last game of the series and Monday a off day, they were winning without him in the line up

  14. 108 stitches August 30th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Hopefully this is the final time in 2011 that the Yankees are subjected to playing in the smelly, dilapidated excuse of a ballpark with a matchbox clubhouse suited for a AA team for space.

  15. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 9:59 am

    It’s that time again…. ;)

    Joba_62 Morning! Men’s best successes come after their disappointments. -Henry Ward Beecher. Learn and grow!

  16. Giuseppe Franco August 30th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    A-Rod jammed his thumb, which was completely unrelated to the knee issue that landed him on the DL.

    It was a freak injury that could have happened at anytime. Playing that Sun before the off day had squat to do with it.

  17. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    longtimefan August 30th, 2011 at 9:49 am
    Looks like Arod is out again for who knows how long. Dumb decision to play him that Sunday in Minnasota, last game of the series and Monday a off day, they were winning without him in the line up

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    That doesn’t make any more sense than saying Rodriguez shouldn’t have played that game in Chicago when he hurt his knee. The two injuries have nothing to do with each other.

  18. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 10:07 am

    but but but…somehow it must be Girardi’s fault

  19. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    kate-Girardi is responsible for all of the world’s problems. Haven’t you caught on by now?? ;)

  20. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    not all of the world’s problems Erin. Some of them are caused by Cashman.

  21. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I never did trust Girardi. He’s not the nice family man he pretends to be. I have proof that he was the cause of the East Coast earthquake. He wants out of his Yankee contract so he can take over the Cubs and ruin them.

  22. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    how much worse could the Cubs be?

  23. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    kate-of course. How could I forget Cashman!

  24. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 10:15 am
    how much worse could the Cubs be?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    The Cubs aren’t really as bad as they seem. The owners and players have always known that to draw huge crowds, they have to play the lovable loser card. Each player gets a kickback from ownership and the selig run MLB. It’s all a large conspiracy to bring down the Yankees.

  25. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    GB-

    How about that game by Banuelos last night.

    Any chance Cashman adds him to the 40 and uses him out of the pen down the stretch ?

  26. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Dante19jr Finals now! I love this team. We are the best around so let’s go show it today. leave it all out there. Vamosssss!

  27. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:25 am

    MTU, I think Banuelos and Betances will join the Yankees to just hang around and soak up the atmosphere. but, I don’t think they’ll be activated.

  28. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    GB-

    That’s too bad. I think either or both of them could help.

    Especially Manny.

    How about Jesus. They gonna activate him ?

  29. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Montero will be up by next week, I’d guess. The Scranton team’s season ends at the end of the week. I think that Romine comes up too just for the ride, but not until mid month.. Don’t think he gets activated. Warren, Phelps and Mitchell should be up to help out, though.

  30. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am

    MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    How about Jesus. They gonna activate him ?

    *********************

    I think they may have a riot on their hands if they don’t.

  31. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Erin-

    Would you be a a part of it ?

    :)

  32. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    MTU-no. I try to stay away from riots. ;)

    (Not that I don’t want to see Montero however)

  33. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    If they don’t call up Montero I’m going to go all crusades/spanish inquisition and force Cashman and the Yanks to accept jesus into their life :mad:

  34. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:33 am
    MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    How about Jesus. They gonna activate him ?

    *********************

    I think they may have a riot on their hands if they don’t.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Erin, you’re getting to be a real Hell raiser. I fear for the safety of the world.

  35. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Jerkface as the Count of Montero Cristo.

    I can see it now.

    :)

  36. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 10:38 am
    If they don?t call up Montero I?m going to go all crusades/spanish inquisition and force Cashman and the Yanks to accept jesus into their life

    ***************************

    :lol:

  37. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Yankees Monday’s save was Mariano’s 68th vs. the Orioles – the most of any pitcher in history, and the most for Rivera against any one franchise.

  38. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:41 am
    Jerkface as the Count of Montero Cristo.

    I can see it now

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Don’t trust him. All sabermetric freaks have the number 666 tatooed on their foreheads.

  39. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Erin, you?re getting to be a real Hell raiser. I fear for the safety of the world.

    **********************

    LOL….dont’ worry-I’d just be an amused spectator. :)

  40. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    GB-

    I’d prefer it if the # was 28.

    ;)

  41. blake August 30th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Montero has destroyed the minors in August…..and has really had a nice 2nd half as well. Surely they’ll see what he can do in September.

  42. blake August 30th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Following up on the Muppets characters from yesterday……either LGY or JF would have to be the Count right. :)

  43. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Blake-

    “Surely” ?

    :)

  44. blake August 30th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    But are the sesame street characters muppets? I need confirmation on this.

  45. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    blake August 30th, 2011 at 10:49 am
    But are the sesame street characters muppets? I need confirmation on this.

    **********************

    Yes.

  46. blake August 30th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Erin,

    I’ve never seen Big Bird or Elmo mingle with Kermit or Gonzo though? Are they like distant cousins or something?

  47. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I wish Erica was here.

    She could not only update us on all the latest JD gossip and sponsor GTLU.

    She could also give up a precise countdown to how long it will take for us to sweep Boston.

    ;)

  48. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    blake-Sesame Street and Muppet Show characters have interacted several times. Big Bird makes a cameo in The Muppet Movie, and the whole Sesame Street gang shows up for Kermit and Miss Piggy’s wedding in Muppets Take Manhattan. Not to mention, the greatest Christmas special ever, A Muppet Family Christmas, which features both groups (plus the Fraggle Rock crew) gathering at Fozzie’s mom’s house.

    Big Bird also showed up on The Muppet Show, as did Bert and Ernie.

    That’s probably much more than you wanted to know, isn’t it? ;)

  49. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    RiverAveBlues The Alec Baldwin/John Krasinski New Era ads are getting more out there with each series. http://youtu.be/5EUTEPFq5iQ

  50. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I will give you 2 updates on Johnny D.
    He had 2 HR last night, scoring me a total of 14 points in FBB.
    He also appeared, along w/ other Rays, in a “it gets better video”

  51. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I always though “Lambchop” was better than all of them.

    Doesn’t hurt that I dug Shari Lewis growing up.

    ;)

  52. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Kate-

    Thanks but I prefer the pretend updates.

    :)

  53. blake August 30th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Erin,

    Thank you…..now Im informed :)

  54. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    MTU August 30th, 2011 at 10:59 am
    I always though ?Lambchop? was better than all of them.

    *****************************

    Lambchop was OK, but better than the Muppets??? Absolutely not. :x

  55. 86w183 August 30th, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Jeff Dunham rules!

  56. blake August 30th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I love lambchops….they’re delicious.

  57. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I love those commercials Erin, thanks

  58. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Erin-

    I grew up in the age of the Dinosaurs. Just like GB and Randy.

    “Lambchop” was all I ever knew.

    And believe me when I tell you Shari was way more pleasant to look at.

    ;)

  59. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Blake-

    Move to New Zealand.

    :)

  60. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    MTU-I think they brought that show back (sometime in the early 90s), because I can remember watching it as a kid. And at school we used to torture the teachers by singing “This is the Song that Never Ends”. LOL

  61. PacoDooley August 30th, 2011 at 11:10 am

    The only reason I can see why Montero won’t be added to the 40 man so he can be called up is because Jones has been on a tear and they may not want to add Jesus if they don’t see him being on the playoff roster.

    He would obviously be a batter backup option than Cervelli, but he doesn’t have time to learn the staff, so how many games can he really catch? He could be the personal catcher for someone that throws a lot of strikes and has a simple game to call – probably Colon fits that best (not a lot of balls in the dirt). I recall someone saying he could catch Garcia, but the spitter can be touch and Freddie can throw the ball in the dirt (plus, he has more of a crafty arsenal to call pitches from, whereas Colon is pretty much a two seam FS pitcher).

  62. blake August 30th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I think I would probably love New Zealand.

  63. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Erin-

    I know Granderson is competing heavily for the MVP but you are the winner of the SOY award.

    Hands down. Nobody close.

    ;)

  64. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Blake-

    I’m sure you would.

  65. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    MTU- OK, I have to ask. What’s the SOY award?

  66. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Erin-

    I knew you would.

    Sweetheart Of the Year (SOY).

    ;)

  67. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 11:15 am

    sweetheart of the year?

  68. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    jinx MTU!

  69. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Montero has to go on the 40 man this offseason and they need a third catcher. Jesus is so getting the call.

  70. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Erin August 30th, 2011 at 10:57 am
    blake-Sesame Street and Muppet Show characters have interacted several times. Big Bird makes a cameo in The Muppet Movie, and the whole Sesame Street gang shows up for Kermit and Miss Piggy’s wedding in Muppets Take Manhattan. Not to mention, the greatest Christmas special ever, A Muppet Family Christmas, which features both groups (plus the Fraggle Rock crew) gathering at Fozzie’s mom’s house.

    Big Bird also showed up on The Muppet Show, as did Bert and Ernie.

    That’s probably much more than you wanted to know, isn’t it?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Erin,

    Will Kermit be Best Frog at Bert and Ernie’s “wedding”?

    Sorry, but, MTU forced me to send this.

  71. Tarheel In NYC August 30th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Oh, we definitely have to have a stat guy/gal to play Count von Count! Good call, Blake!

    Erin, you’re not in NYC, are you? There’s a Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. As part of the exhibit, they are having screenings of The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Great Muppet Caper, Muppets From Space, and Muppet Treasure Island.

    Sadly, they don’t include A Muppet Christmas Carol. Luckily, I have this one on VHS at home :)

    BTW, I’m feeling extremely anxious/nervous/excited about the series in Fenway. I’m not sure that my nerves and gastrointestinal system can stand to watch, but at the very least, I’ll check the score regularly.

  72. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:15 am
    Erin-

    I knew you would.

    Sweetheart Of the Year (SOY).

    *****************************

    awwww….thank you MTU :)

  73. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I hope the Yankees powers that be realize that this blog will explode if Jesus is not called up. The fate of the free world depends on it :)

  74. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    GB- I’ll admit I laughed. But you still get one of these: :x

  75. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Erin-

    No need to thank me. No one is really in your league.

    P.S. Don’t believe a word GB says. I never forced him to say anything. He just likes blaming stuff on me. He does the same thing to poor “Killer”.

    :)

  76. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Tarhell-I’m not in NYC, but that exhibit was at the Museum of Science and Industry this past winter. It was awesome. That’s so cool they’re screening all of the movies though! They didn’t do that here. I feel cheated. LOL

  77. PacoDooley August 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:16 am
    Montero has to go on the 40 man this offseason and they need a third catcher. Jesus is so getting the call.

    ———————–

    I didn’t realize he would have to be protected – he is so young it seems odd to think he is eligible for the rule 5 draft (I assume that this is what you mean). In that case, I totally agree – he gets the call. Will be good for his development to be with the big leaguers and to have a chance to contribute in whatever role he can fill. Let’s hope he doesn’t just do a few DH games and pinch hit appearances. I want to see him catch a game at the Big League level.

  78. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    oops-Tarheel not, Tarhell. :oops:

  79. Howard August 30th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I hope the Yankees powers that be realize that this blog will explode if Jesus is not called up. The fate of the free world depends on it
    ——————————+

    I wonder what the blog is going to do if he comes up and struggles and the “overhyped” articles start popping up all over the place?
    That should be the bigger concern.

  80. GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    MTU, you know the only reason you’re being nice to Erin is that you want to get into her….

    Junior Mints.

  81. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Erin-

    I may have to withdraw that award.

    :(

  82. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I didn’t realize he would have to be protected – he is so young it seems odd to think he is eligible for the rule 5 draft

    Its been 5 years!

  83. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    GB-

    It would be easier to break into Ft. Knox. Get real.

    ;)

  84. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    GreenBeret7 August 30th, 2011 at 11:23 am
    MTU, you know the only reason you?re being nice to Erin is that you want to get into her?.

    Junior Mints.

    ***********************

    Nobody steals my Junior Mints!!!!

  85. Tarheel In NYC August 30th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    “oops-Tarheel not, Tarhell.”

    ==============================================

    No worries. I’ve been called much much worse before ;)

  86. upstate kate August 30th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    yeah Howard, that will happen as well

  87. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Watch your back Erin.

    GB probably has “Killer” on the way to do his dirty work.

    Safeguard your Mints.

    ;)

  88. Jerkface August 30th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    If some overhyped article comes up I will do a lot of scoffing at said articles. The whole point of calling him up EARLIER is that he was going to need time to get acclimated!

  89. Erin August 30th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    New Post: Jorge Vazquez named to postseason all-star team

    :arrow:

  90. MTU August 30th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Erin-

    If things gets really bad with the Mint situation there is one iron-clad way you can protect them from the evil clutches of GB.

    Hire Nurse Wratchett to guard them.

    GB won’t come within 100 miles.

    :)

  91. BIG AL August 30th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Ah, so pleasant in the mornings …………………..

  92. Vineyard Yankee August 30th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Howard August 30th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I hope the Yankees powers that be realize that this blog will explode if Jesus is not called up. The fate of the free world depends on it.

    ============

    He will need time to get acclimated, anything above that will be a bonus.

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