Swisher torments Guillen
It is fairly well known that there is no love lost between the Yankees’ Nick Swisher and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. In his one season in Chicago, Swisher batted .219 and was banished to Guillen’s bench. When the Yankees traded for Swisher after the 2008 season, Guillen was not sorry to see him go.
Swisher has been able to garner a healthy measure of satisfaction the past two seasons by making life uncomfortable for Guillen in games between the Yankees and the White Sox. The latest dose of pain to the colorful manager came in the first inning Saturday night when Swisher slammed a two-run home run in the first inning. Swish also homered and doubled Friday night for the Yankees’ only two extra-base hits in a 9-4 loss.
Remember, Swisher wasn’t able to play Wednesday night at Toronto because of a swollen left knee, the result of his fouling a ball off it the night before that knocked him out of the game. An open date Thursday gave Swisher added time to rest the knee because there was no way he was not getting into the lineup at U.S. Cellular Field, not when he had another opportunity to torment Guillen.
The home runs Friday and Saturday nights raised Swisher’s total against the White Sox the past two seasons to five in 38 at-bats. Take that, Oz.