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Tyler Kepner of The New York Times asked Damon if A.J. Burnett looked like the same pitcher who had given the Yankees problems the last few years as a member of the Blue Jays.
“Absolutely,” Damon said. “He’s one of those guys that you, um, maybe, dream about at night, you know? Not in a good way. In a bad way.”
The reporters around Damon’s locker started laughing, and Nick Swisher turned around and said, “What?” But to Damon’s credit, he cracked a smile and kept going with it, drawing a nice parallel to Pedro Martinez.
“He’s the one that you’re thinking, ‘Is he going to throw me that fastball or that curveball, is he going to brush me off the plate?’ He’s one of those guys that I compare to Pedro. I remember facing Pedro when he was the best in the game. You don’t sleep well that night. You go to the ballpark thinking you have to have your A game.”
Added Swisher later: “Like Johnny said, I don’t dream about him, but he’s one of those guys that you hate facing. And you love him on your team.”
Nick Swisher strapped on the pink armband from Mother’s Day and promptly homered in his first at-bat of the night on Wednesday, his first home run at Yankee Stadium. It was not a coincidence in his mind – not after greeting special guest Polly Tompkins on the field before the game, hugging her and meeting the large crowd of friends and family in the stands.
But Swisher was already planning on wearing pink even before he knew Tompkins – who is fighting breast and pancreatic cancer – would be attending the game. Swisher said a close friend, Catherine, was diagnosed with breast cancer this week.
“For me, obviously, it hits home,” Swisher said. “To go out and meet Polly and the things that she’s going through, to have such an upbeat personality and smile. Not only that, she told me I was going to have a good game today. Polly, if you’re there, come back tomorrow.”
Swisher also said that Alex Rodriguez sent him a text message Wednesday morning telling him he would have a great game. A repeat performance on Thursday, he said, would be more than welcome.
“I need Alex to text message me and I need Polly here,” Swisher said. “I’ll leave her tickets!”
If you pick up a fan ballot for the All-Star Game, you’ll quickly find that your choices in voting for a Yankees outfielder are limited to Johnny Damon, Brett Gardner and Xavier Nady – the outfield that Joe Girardi trotted out on April 6 at Baltimore.
So if Nick Swisher wants to spend time in St. Louis this summer, he’s going to need your help. A group of Swisher fans are chanting, “We want Swisher!” in cyberspace, and this has nothing to do with the Yankees being down by double digits.
The Web site www.voteswisher.com has step-by-step instructions on how you can help send No. 33 to the Midsummer Classic. He’s played like one so far – seven home runs, a patient eye and sixth in the American League in OPS (1.066). And he has a 0.00 ERA!
And let’s do it today, because tomorrow is going to be all Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, all the time …
– Francisco Cervelli was sent out of camp today with an upper respiratory ailment, the same one that bothered Christian Garcia and Brian Bruney earlier. Joe Girardi is trying to quarantine his clubhouse, sending him home after a doctor’s appointment today. Jason Johnson was excused from camp today with a personal issue.
– The Yankees are not expecting anyone to be late this spring with visa problems.
– Girardi said he is OK with keeping both Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher around: “I don’t think you can have too many players. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the next seven weeks, if we come out of Spring Training completely healthy. You can never have too many players.”
In the argument that never dies, Joba Chamberlain once drew his line in the sand down in Tampa, telling the New York Daily News that he wants to start and not be in the bullpen. That pretty much goes along with everything he’s said all along, though he’d agreed to relieve because it was best for the team.
Just by chance (and maybe because I’ve been listening to a little too much sports talk radio lately), I made a similar point in a Yankees Inbox column today, answering a question about why Phil Hughes isn’t being considered for relief work. It’s unorthodox, but I’ll quote myself, I guess:
“Really, [the Yankees are] trying to wean everyone off the idea of Chamberlain
as a reliever as well. That was a move made because New York
desperately needed some bullpen help during the 2007 playoff push.
Chamberlain just happened to be available for a conversion, but
even then, the Yankees said they envisioned Chamberlain as a starter
going forward. It just so happens that we’ve seen more of Chamberlain
as a reliever — and he’s pretty good at it — but it makes sense that
you’d want your best pitchers throwing more innings.”
Other points in that article — the Yankees are in trouble if Jorge Posada can’t catch, the Xavier Nady-Nick Swisher situation, the Yankees’ 2008 Draft and Bernie Williams.
Fire your thoughts back at me if you’d like. MLB.com is allowing us to do fan mail articles more than once a week now – you’ll remember Mailbag used to run on Mondays only – so I’m going to try to get two or three up a week, depending on how busy the Yankees are. Just in the first week of this alone, I have more than 500 e-mails to sort through.
For some reason, I just pictured Brian Doyle Murray in Groundhog Day, trying to unload Bill Murray at the bachelor auction: “What am I bid for this fine spec-i-mine?”
That aside, the Yankees are still taking calls on Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher, as the The New York Times reports today. But don’t keep hitting refresh looking for the trade to go down. There’s little reason to believe anything will change in the very near future.
Drawing out the lineup on paper here on January 17, the pieces don’t fit, and one of those players could be extraneous. But unless a club – the Reds, Giants, Braves and Nationals have been reported to have interest – comes calling with something that the Yankees absolutely must jump at, there isn’t really an urgent need to deal either Nady or Swisher.
They could just as easily bring both players down to Tampa for Spring Training, when inevitably some team will suffer a crippling outfield injury and all of a sudden need to make a quick move to field a decent lineup for Opening Day.
Of course, then there’s the other scenario that the Yankees wouldn’t want to see happen — it could be the Yankees themselves who suffer an injury, which would open up a way that both Nady and Swisher would be in the Opening Day lineup.
Either way, time is on Brian Cashman’s side with this one. Though it seems they’d prefer to deal Nady over Swisher, it behooves Cashman to make the best possible deal he can regardless of who gets dealt, and not rush into a hair-trigger transaction.