Nick Swisher celebration antics not appreciated by one Oakland Athletics pitcher

  • David Whitlock

Cleveland Indians Nick Swisher is one of those guys you either love, or hate.  Love his genuine enjoyment of the game. Hate the way he celebrates in your face when he does well.  The latter is the way Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin feels, according to Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle’s Oakland A’s beat writer for 15 seasons and president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America:

The specific text to which she refers in her article:

Swisher antics: Nick Swisher is known for his exuberance after homers, and he laid it on a little thick on his game-tying shot Wednesday. “He’s a huge look-at-me guy,” said A.J. Griffin, who gave up the HR. “Sometimes, he goes a little over the top. Believe me, I’m aware.”

Courtesy of Waiting for Next Year, check out some major over-the-top celebrating that “might” have rubbed Griffin the wrong way, especially having lost a game on an MLB admitted blown umpire call, and eventually getting swept four games out of Cleveland (which is lovely this time of year).  In sequence, Swisher hit a game tying home run off Griffin with the “O-H” celebration as a nod to Ohio State…
Enthusiastically cheering after a Carlos Santana shot gave the Tribe the lead
Then a little cowboy dance (over the top?)
Thanks again to Waiting for Next Year #WFNY for assembling  those GIFs.
Yeah, if I were Griffin, I might send Swisher a message next time they play (mid-August in Oakland).  Maybe Griffin will have forgot by then? Probably not, pitchers have the memory of an elephant.  Swisher better get a bigger elbow pad.
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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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