If you read this blog or follow me on Twitter, you probably know what I’m going to say but if you’re new to the blog, here are three things I am sick of hearing people talk about.
1) “I hate Nick Swisher!! He’s a douche!”
As everyone who watches baseball knows, Nick Swisher is a happy guy. Is he a little too happy sometimes? Maybe, but really? Who cares? It’s actually refreshing to see someone love playing the game of baseball as much as he does. And I get that fans of other teams aren’t going to like him because he’s a Yankee but the amount of hate thrown Swisher’s way is a little crazy. Especially this past weekend during the Subway Series. With the way Mets fans were carrying on, you’d have thought Swisher had kicked their dogs, pissed in their corn flakes and spit in their faces at the same time.
But Swisher did have the last laugh on Sunday night when he hit a three-run homer off Mets starter R.A. Dickey. So there. *Stacey blows a raspberry at Mets fans*
2) “The Yankees hit too many home runs and it’s going to come back to bite them in October!!!”
I know I’m not the only one who is sick of this argument. Countless articles have been written, it’s been analyzed for hours on both TV and radio sports shows and the conclusion seems to be that the Yankees are going to be doomed when the playoffs roll around – you know, if they even make the playoffs in the first place.
People are citing last year’s ALDS ouster as the main example of what will happen this coming October.
My advice is to calm yourselves. I know the Yankees have had issues with runners in scoring position, it’s been talked about so much that if you were to have a “RISP” drinking game during Yankee game broadcasts, you’d be dead from alcohol poisoning before the first pitch.
Things have become so crazy that during last night’s win over the Cleveland Indians, Robinson Cano hit a double with runners on first and third and the YES Network’s Michael Kay called it like it was the game winning, World Series winning, walk-off home run. It was quite hilarious.
For all of his carrying on, he might as well have yelled out, “OH MY GOD THE DROUGHT IS OVER!! THE YANKEES GOT A HIT WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION!!!!”
Hitting home runs is not a bad thing. It’s the way the offense has been built. They have a lot of home run hitters in the lineup. Now, would it be nice to see some timely hitting? Of course it would. And who knows? We’ve watched enough playoff series to know that sometimes problems and even assets that are present in the regular season don’t carry over into the postseason. (See 2002′s pitching staff.)
3) “If George Steinbrenner were still alive [insert something that annoys people about a specific player].”
I’ve seen so many examples of this one on Twitter that it makes me want to pull my own hair out and I finally got my hair to a length I really like, so please stop this nonsense. Think about the hair, people.
If George Steinbrenner were still alive, he would be thrilled that the Yankees have the best record in the Majors, that they beat the Mets five out of six times and that guys are mashing home runs everywhere they go. He really wouldn’t care that Rafael Soriano untucks his jersey when he picks up a save. He also wouldn’t fire Joe Girardi after a three-game losing streak that followed a ten-game winning streak.
The Yankees are a good team. Stop acting like they’re bad, stop acting like they’re classless and for the love of God stop saying stuff like “If George Steinbrenner were alive…”