Yankees Rodriguez, Swisher go from hated to heroes
By DAN MARTIN
Last Updated: 8:59 AM, June 13, 2012
Posted: 2:01 AM, June 13, 2012
Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher are two of the most unpopular players in baseball according to their peers. And after they both homered in the Yankees’ eighth-inning outburst of their 6-4 win in Atlanta last night, that opinion likely won’t change.
In a survey of 100 anonymous players conducted by Men’s Journal for its July edition, Rodriguez and Swisher were ranked behind only the White Sox’ A.J. Pierzynski as “the most hated player in baseball” category, while Joba Chamberlain was voted “most overrated.”
The relief pitcher is coming back from last year’s elbow surgery, as well as a dislocated right ankle suffered during a trampoline mishap in spring training, but hasn’t won over his contemporaries.
“If Joba didn’t play in New York, no one would know him,” said a starting pitcher, according to the magazine.
As for Swisher, another AL player said, “Everything about him is annoying, from his mannerisms to his always wanting to ‘bro’ it down… Being around him is just exhausting.”
But it wasn’t a total loss for the Yankees. In addition to being the team most players wanted to play for — besides their own — Derek Jeter trailed only the Angels’ Albert Pujols as the “player you would most want to have on your team.”
Boston manager Bobby Valentine received the second-most votes as the least respected manager, second to Miami’s Ozzie Guillen.
It feels like high school, doesn’t it?