Friday, October 22, 2010
Ron Washington shakes off Nick Swisher
By Jeff Caplan
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked what he thought about New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher getting agitated Thursday about Cliff Lee questions and then boldly declaring his desire to face Lee in a Game 7.
“Swisher is a big competitor, always been," Washington said. "He’s always had the heart of a champion and he’s playing in an organization that is champions,” Washington said. “You know, he’s probably the only one that would probably come out and say something like that on that team. But, if he believes that, I have no problem with it.”
On Thursday, Swisher became agitated by reporters asking teammates a couple of lockers down about going against Lee in a possible Game 7 when the Yankees will first face Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis in tonight’s Game 6.
So Swisher interjected.
“You guys are talking about Cliff Lee?” Swisher said out loud in a room full of reporters. “[Expletive], who cares?”
As Swisher walked off, he said, “I can’t wait to hit against his [behind].”
Swisher somewhat broke out of an awful postseason slump in Game 5 with a home run. He has just two hits in 19 at-bats in the ALCS. In Game 3 against Lee, Swisher went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
“I think if I was sitting in his shoes and I had to face Cliff Lee, I’d probably feel the same way,” Washington said. “But, you know the game is not played with words; it’s played between the lines. And, if he can back it up, I’ll pat him on the back.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi simply said he hopes Swisher gets his way and gets another shot at Lee.
“That means we do get to play tomorrow,” Girardi said.