Wednesday, February 13, 2013
First Pitch: Swish, not missed
By Andrew Marchand
TAMPA, Fla. -- In the entire 26 minutes of Joe Girardi's press conference, the name Nick Swisher never escaped the manager's lips. He wasn't asked about him and he didn't bring him up. In the clubhouse, Swisher's No. 33 has already been handed to Travis Hafner. His spot in the outfield is Ichiro Suzuki's.
Swisher's exuberance is gone too. The clubhouse will surely be quieter. Postgame interviews will feel a little less like they are being conducted by Gene Okerlund.
But Swisher, for all his postseason faults -- and even if you weren't a fan of his "enthusiasm" -- will be missed. On an aging team, he was a glue guy during the regular season. He played at least 148 games in each of his four seasons as a Yankee. He had an .OPS of .850.
Swisher may be forgotten, but by the end of the year the Yankees may miss his production.
ON DECK: The clubhouse will open to the media this morning at 7:55. Wallace Matthews and I will be in there so we should have fresh reports up on the blog by a little after 9.
IN THE HOLE:Francisco Cervelli will address his association with Anthony Bosch, the Miami man accused of giving athletes PEDs. If Mariano Rivera shows up, perhaps he will say if he intends to retire at the end of this season.