Nick Swisher needs to learn a valuable lesson: The more you talk about how Cliff Lee doesn’t concern you or how Cliff Lee isn’t on your mind, the more people are going to think that Cliff Lee concerns you and that Cliff Lee is very much on your mind.
Swisher overheard a journalist asking a teammate about Lee a couple lockers down and interrupted their interview to proclaim:
You guys are talking about Cliff Lee? [Expletive], who cares? I can’t wait to hit against his ass.
Later, when he was being interviewed, Swisher cut off a question about Lee, stating:
I’m not talking about Cliff Lee. I don’t give a [expletive].
The Swish doth protest too much.
For the record, Swisher has actually hit Lee quite well over the course of his career. In 31 plate appearances, the Yankees outfielder has collected eight hits, four walks and two homeruns, with a .320 AVG, .419 OBP and a .640 SLG. In Game Three of the ALCS, Swisher was 0 for 3 against the southpaw, striking out once.