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08:11 AM ET 04.09 | Life has been good for Nick Swisher since arriving in his new baseball hometown, batting cleanup and playing first for the Indians. But the 32-year-old admitted he was "hurt" by the Yankees' decision to let him go without even an offer last winter after he averaged 26 home runs and 87 RBI per season during his four-year run in pinstripes. "It hurt," Swisher said before going 1-for-3 in a loss to his former team. "When it boils down to it, they didn't come to me. They didn't even offer anything. In a situation like that, as much as I love that city and as hard as it was for me to leave, I had to do what was best for my family and myself."

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Comment #1 has been removed
April 9, 2013  08:31 AM ET

No sympathy vote here.

April 9, 2013  08:33 AM ET

He's getting paid. A lot of people are out of work.

Wa wa.

April 9, 2013  08:34 AM ET

While I've historically disliked Swisher, I have to admit that his personality has grown on me since he's arrived to Cleveland.

That said, I have no idea what he meant by his quote. "...as much as I love that city and as hard as it was for me to leave, I had to do what was best for my family and myself."

The article is about how the Yankees did not even offer him any contract. I'm trying to understand what his options were. Either signing with a team that did offer him a contract, or take a job in New York waiting tables? I suppose he did do what was best for his family by singing with a major league baseball team.

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April 9, 2013  08:50 AM ET

Get over it Swisher. You were never gonna be a long term solution in the Bronx for various reasons. While, I am neither pro or con regarding Swisher, I will admit he was decent at what he did (multiple positions and not a bad clubhouse guy who put up some numebrs) but didn't always produce in the playoffs.
However, he did have his limitations (aka not the best at his multiple positions) and is on the south side of 32 and that is not the type of player the Yankees needed as they go forward in their current rebuilding phase of their roster.

April 9, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I've historically disliked Swisher, I have to admit that his personality has grown on me since he's arrived to Cleveland.That said, I have no idea what he meant by his quote. "...as much as I love that city and as hard as it was for me to leave, I had to do what was best for my family and myself."The article is about how the Yankees did not even offer him any contract. I'm trying to understand what his options were. Either signing with a team that did offer him a contract, or take a job in New York waiting tables? I suppose he did do what was best for his family by singing with a major league baseball team.

Hope he does more than just sing while with the Indians, for the Indians sake and mine (I have him as player on my fantasy roster).

April 9, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Not to belabor the point, but, why do players always say things like "I was hurt" or "stung" (or whatever other word is needed to fill in the blank) when they either need to sign with (becaue a tema doesn't reall yshow any interest), or, go to (of their own volition), to another team when they know they are in business and for the most part the majority of players are going where the money is.

April 9, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Not to belabor the point, but, why do players always say things like "I was hurt" or "stung" (or whatever other word is needed to fill in the blank) when they either need to sign with (becaue a tema doesn't reall yshow any interest), or, go to (of their own volition), to another team when they know they are in business and for the most part the majority of players are going where the money is.

Correct.

April 9, 2013  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's getting paid. A lot of people are out of work. Wa wa.

Correctamundo.

April 9, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No sympathy vote here.

He'll get over his disappointment.

April 9, 2013  09:10 AM ET

I like Swisher and he did pretty good for us but he has to realize when he gives his agent the ok to make rather outrageous salary demands then don't cry about the results. It was much more important for you to find out where you were in the market than to stay put and be content with the status quo. Both parties did what was in their best interest, and I'll be happy to welcome him back on Old Timer's Day when that day comes.

April 9, 2013  09:11 AM ET

Correct me if I am wrong, but was the Tribe the only team that was pursing Swisher during the winter.

April 9, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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Correct me if I am wrong, but was the Tribe the only team that was pursing Swisher during the winter.

I thought the Rangers were kicking the tires on Swisher as a replacement for Hamilton.

April 9, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Hey Slink I hope you had a Hafnerlicious day for opening day.

April 9, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I've historically disliked Swisher, I have to admit that his personality has grown on me since he's arrived to Cleveland.That said, I have no idea what he meant by his quote. "...as much as I love that city and as hard as it was for me to leave, I had to do what was best for my family and myself."The article is about how the Yankees did not even offer him any contract. I'm trying to understand what his options were. Either signing with a team that did offer him a contract, or take a job in New York waiting tables? I suppose he did do what was best for his family by singing with a major league baseball team.

Exactly. He didn't have any options. He took what he could get.

April 9, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Hey Slink I hope you had a Hafnerlicious day for opening day.

Hey, thanks a lot, buddy. I hope the cook at Wendy's puts an extra helping of pubes in your lunch.

April 9, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Exactly. He didn't have any options. He took what he could get.

Yes.

April 9, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Hey Slink I hope you had a Hafnerlicious day for opening day.

Seriously, though, Hafner's a good hitter. Even over his last five years in Cleveland he had a 117 OPS (127 over the last three). The problem is he averaged 86 games a season over those five years.

He got a pretty warm welcome as he was introduced before the game. I bet that won't happen again...

 
April 9, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Yes.

Thank you for adding that, brotha.

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