The idea during the offseason is to address your biggest needs, and the Yankees have done just that. By trading A.J. Burnett, the Yankees unloaded a pitcher that was clearly a bad signing and couldn’t cut it in New York. The departure of Burnett also left a huge hole within the organization, however. As you may know, A.J. was in charge of smashing his teammates in the face with a shaving cream pie after walk-off hits last season. Fortunately, Nick Swisher is ready to step up and fill that void.
“You know, A.J. was a good buddy of mine, and he was a good buddy of all the guys in here,” Swisher said in an interview with MLB.com. “I’m sad to see him go, and wish him the best of luck. We’re going to have to keep something going, man, because people in New York want pie! You know, let’s just keep it going.”
The one issue that could arise is that Swisher is a position player, meaning he could be the one delivering the walk-off hit. He says he won’t be pieing himself if that happens and that someone else will step up. Thank goodness for that.
It certainly sounds like the Yankees are ready to go. Their pie-in-the-face plan is in order. Oh yeah, and they happened to add Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda which should solidify their starting rotation. All is well in New York.
H/T Hardball Talk