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Nick Swisher hits walk-off grand slam in extra innings (Video)

Nick Swisher proved on Thursday that in the game of baseball, it’s never too late to be a hero.

Nick Swisher grand slamSwisher was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Angels in his first four at-bats, but he got the hit when it counted.

Stepping up to the plate with the bases loaded, two outs, and the Indians down 3-1 to the Angels in the bottom of the 10th inning, Swisher took Ernesto Frieri deep to right field for a walk-off grand slam. It was the first grand slam of the season for the Indians, and their first extra-innings walk-off grand slam since 1992, according to Ace of MLB Stats.

The win put the Indians a game over .500 for the season. The grand slam put Swisher at an even .200 batting average for the season. Wins all around!

Below is Tom Hamilton’s call of the grand slam:

Swing and a drive!

Nick Swisher does O-H-I-O spellout after hitting home run (Video)

Few athletes enjoy playing for Cleveland more than Nick Swisher.

Nick Swisher OhioThe Columbus, Ohio, native is a huge fan of the Buckeyes and the Buckeye state, and he made sure to represent after clubbing his first home run of the season Friday.

After hitting a 2-run shot off Mike Pelfrey, Swisher did an O-H-I-O spellout for the crowd before entering the dugout. That was definitely cool. But then he kind of ruined the vibe by telling reporters happy “bro-pening” day following the game.

Still, you can understand why he was so pumped to hit a big home run in the team’s home opener. Below is video of the dinger:

Nick Swisher reportedly confronted Kenny Lofton over playoff comments

Kenny-Lofton-IndiansThe Cleveland Indians technically made the MLB playoffs in 2013, though they only got the chance to play one postseason game. The Indians were one of the two Wild Card teams the MLB’s new format supports, and they wound up losing to the Tampa Bay Rays. Because they were one-and-done, Cleveland legend Kenny Lofton does not consider the 2013 Indians a playoff team.

“A playoff is a series, not one game,” Lofton said when the Indians’ season ended last year. “It’s not the Super Bowl.”

As you might expect, some members of the team disagreed. One of them was veteran outfielder Nick Swisher, and he was not shy about letting Lofton hear know. According to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, Swisher went “nose-to-nose” with Lofton at the Tribe’s Fan Fest in January.

Swisher took it a step further. He sought Lofton out at the event, got in the grill of the member of the team Hall of Fame, and told him, in so many words, that the Indians are trying to build something special, and that if Lofton didn’t want to be a part of it, he ought to board the first flight back to Los Angeles.

Lofton spent nine-plus seasons with the Indians and is a member of the team’s Hall of Fame. Swisher is one of the best clubhouse guys in baseball and happens to be one of the leaders of a Cleveland team that won 92 games under Terry Francona last season after winning just 68 in 2012.

“That was handled,” Swisher later said when asked about Lofton’s remarks. “We handled that.”

Last month, Lofton visited the Indians’ spring training facility in Arizona. He was reportedly ignored by multiple members of the team and did not stay long. Despite that, he has not softened his stance on the 2013 Indians not being a playoff team.

“Maybe someone else can back me up on how it’s not a real playoff series,” Lofton wrote in a text message to Castrovince. “U guys need to put in there on what’s the definition of playoffs, and that should answer Swisher’s comments.”

While they only play one game to determine who advances to the next round, both Wild Card teams are playoff teams by definition. The Indians, who had the fourth-best record in the American League last year, would have been the only Wild Card team and had a spot in the ALDS under the old format. Lofton can either get on board with that or risk alienating a fan base that thinks very highly of him.

H/T Hardball Talk

Nick Swisher had a night to forget with the Cleveland Indians (Video)

Nick-Swisher-taggedNick Swisher had one of the most embarrassing nights of his career on Monday night, and it may have cost the Cleveland Indians the game against the Detroit Tigers.

As you can see from the video above, Swisher forgot the words that every Little League coach tries to drill into his players’ heads: “Always run it out!” In the top of the eighth inning with the game tied 2-2, he watched a ball start foul down the third base line but trickle into fair territory. Noticing that Swisher wasn’t paying attention, Tigers catcher Brayan Pena grabbed the ball and sprinted over to tag him out.

There is no excuse for a brain fart like that in a tie game in the eighth, but Swisher wasn’t done there. He also had a “derp” moment while rounding third base when the Indians were trying to mount a comeback in the 10th inning.

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Aroldis Chapman angers Nick Swisher with 100-mph pitch at head

Nick Swisher was upset with Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman for seemingly throwing at him on Monday afternoon in the Reds’ 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Chapman struck out Asdrubal Cabrera on a 3-2 pitch to begin the ninth. He proceeded to uncork two wild ones in a row against Swisher. The first pitch was so high it sailed over the catcher’s head and went straight to the backstop (video here). It was so far out of the zone it led to Swisher staring out at Chapman, who had his head turned to Swisher as he walked back to the mound.

The next one from Chapman was a 100-mph fastball at Swisher’s head. Swisher ducked out the way, but he was clearly upset. He could be saying “don’t do that” to Chapman several times after the pitch to his head.

Swisher then took a 2-0 100-mph fastball for a called strike. He drove a 2-1 99-mph fastball to left field that was caught for the second out of the inning. Swisher and Chapman exchanged words as Swisher jogged off the field.

Swisher said after the game that he didn’t remember what was said between the two, while Chapman told reporters that he doesn’t speak English, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes.

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Nick Swisher says he is ‘hurt’ by the way Yankee fans have been treating him

Nick Swisher has not played well for the Yankees in the postseason this year. In seven games, he is hitting .154 with no home runs and one RBI. Worse yet, he lost a ball in the lights during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday that allowed Detroit to score two runs in extra innings and go on to win. As a result of his poor play, Swisher says he has heard some hurtful things from the Yankees’ Bleacher Creatures in right field.

“Last night was pretty big. A lot of people saying a lot of things that I’ve never heard before,” Swisher told MLB.com’s Bomber’s Beat blog. “Prime example; I missed that ball in the lights and the next thing you know, I’m the reason that Jeter got hurt. It’s kind of frustrating. They were saying it was my fault.

“That’s the last thing that I ever thought would be in this ballpark, that people would get on you that bad. Especially your home, where your heart is, where you’ve been battling and grinding all year long. It’s just frustrating, man. You never want to be in that spot. It’s not like you’re trying to go out there and do bad on purpose. It’s just tough, man … It hurts.”

Robinson Cano is also in the middle of a postseason slump, and Yankee fans booed him on Sunday because of it. New York has lost the first two games of the series — albeit with a little help from the umpires — and will look to turn things around in Detroit starting Tuesday. When asked if it would be a good thing for the team to get away from New York, Swisher said “maybe, man.”

For whatever reason, Yankees fans don’t seem as hyped up about their team being in the ALCS as they usually would be. The team is struggling to sell games out, and that was going on before the Jeter injury as well. In fact, fans have reportedly been shuffled around the ballpark during games in order to hide the amount of empty seats being seen on the television broadcast. If New York plays the way it did at home in Detroit, the team may not have to worry about selling tickets to another game this year.

Nick Swisher pushes Ike Davis fly ball over wall for home run (Video)

Ike Davis hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first of the Mets-Yankees series opener on Friday, but it came thanks to some help from Nick Swisher.

The Yankees right fielder was tracking Davis’ fly ball down the line and seemed to have his jump perfectly timed. Unfortunately, he missed on his catch and seemed to send the ball over the fence for a homer.

“It definitely hit my glove, there’s no doubt about that,” Swisher said, according to the New York Post. “I just couldn’t pull it in. I wish I could have.”

The play was enough to help the Mets win the game 6-4. I realize that making a catch against the wall isn’t easy, but it’s not like the Yankees were asking Swisher to pull off something amazing like this. He could have had that ball, and he knows it.