Monday’s Morning Mashup: Yankees OF Nick Swisher ‘sensitive’ about home fans’ booing
|10.15.12 at 7:52 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Cardinals at Giants, 8 p.m. (Fox)
NFL: Broncos at Chargers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
NBA preseason: Celtics at 76ers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Perhaps Yankees fans finally are tiring of the team’s success. Or maybe they lack confidence in this year’s squad. For whatever reason, fans are not filling up Yankee Stadium for the playoffs, and the team appears to be trying to save face. According to a report in Yahoo! Sports, for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers, all ushers in the stadium were told to move fans from the upper deck to the more expensive seats near the field.
“I don’t know what it’s about,” an unidentified usher told Yahoo! “I guess they want to make it look better on TV.”
Meanwhile, some of the fans who are showing up are turning on the players, and at least one Yankee is not happy about it. Outfielder Nick Swisher said the criticism he’s been hearing crosses the line.
“A lot of people saying a lot of things I’ve never heard before,” Swisher said after Sunday night’s 3-0 loss in Game 2, in which the Bombers heard plenty of boos. “Prime example — I missed that ball in the lights [in Game 1] and next thing you know I’m the reason that [Derek] Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating. … They were saying [Jeter’s injury] was my fault.”
Added Swisher: “It hurts. Sometimes I’m a sensitive guy. Some of the things people say, they get under your skin a little bit, but hey, I’ve been lucky to be here for the last four years, and we’re not going to go out like this.
“I’m one of those guys that you give me a hug and I’ll run through a brick wall for you. Right now it seems like there’s a lot of … I’m trying to find a way to word this the right way, it’s tough. It’s really tough. Because you want to go out there and you want to play for your city, you want to play for your team. Just right now, it’s just really tough.”
♦ In another case of fan violence involving San Francisco teams, a 27-year-old man was seriously wounded after being stabbed outside Candlestick Park prior to Sunday’s 49ers game.
According to police, all the individuals involved are Niners fans. The confrontation began when two men, ages 30 and 22, approached the victim and his five friends and initiated a verbal altercation. One of the men then stabbed the victim in the torso. The victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive.
Two suspects were arrested a short distance from where the attack occurred.
Last year, two people were shot in the Candlestick Park parking lot before a 49ers-Raiders game. And on MLB Opening Day 2011 in Los Angeles, a Giants fan was nearly beaten to death by two Dodgers fans.
♦ Major League Baseball teams have been celebrating playoff series victories with champagne for ages, but it’s a tradition that commissioner Bud Selig wouldn’t mind seeing end. Selig was participating in an interview with The Los Angeles Times when he saw a television displaying the party in the clubhouse of the Giants, who had just defeated the Reds in the NLDS.
“This is something I am not happy about: spraying champagne all over,” Selig said. “I’m not a fan of that.”
Selig said the situation has been discussed with team owners, but he voiced concern about his ability to restrict the flow of alcohol.
“It is something I have talked to the clubs about and will continue to talk to the clubs about,” he said. “You want to have great celebrations, fine. But spraying each other with champagne is not that.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 15, 1986, the Red Sox beat the Angels, 8-1, in Game 7 of the ALCS, completing a comeback from a 3-1 series deficit. Who was the game’s winning pitcher?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All the way across the board, everybody involved in the game, none of us did a good enough job. The result is what it was. It’s just not good enough.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Seahawks
STAT OF THE DAY: 5 – Three-and-outs this season for the Patriots, who had one in the final minutes of Sunday’s game that allowed the Seahawks to score the game-winning touchdown
‘NET RESULTS: From Midnight Madness at the University of Missouri, Keion Bell dunks over six people.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Roger Clemens
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry McGuire turns 77 Monday.
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