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Aaron Judge turned heads throughout the MLB season and beyond this year for multiple counts. Judge’s exhilarating performances raised his heroic status a notch higher. But with the hike in his star value also came bigger expectations, so the cheers have oftentimes turned to jeers. However, a former New York Yankees star has recently defended the wild fan emotions through substantial statements. 

Nick Swisher is a former MLB player who famously played for the Yankees from 2009 to 2012. As is obvious, Swisher was a member of the 2009 World Series champion Yankees team. He made his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2004. The one-time All-Star also played for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Atlanta Braves until retirement. Swisher recently appeared on the Talkin’ Yanks podcast, where he discussed various topics, including furious crowd response. 

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Former MLB star defends fans upholding Aaron Judge’s contract as an example 

Judge created MLB history this year, by becoming the highest seasonal home run scorer in the American League. His Herculean efforts eventually made him the league MVP. But most importantly, Judge re-signed with the Yankees, agreeing to a lucrative contract. The megastar slugger agreed to a $360 million contract for a nine-year period. 

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However, as the Yankees bowed out in the postseason this year, reports of the crowd booing Judge made the rounds. So reasonably, he also considered joining the San Francisco Giants among other teams during his free agency. But as facts go by, the MLB powerhouse Yankees have the largest fan base across the globe. So, when the proceedings don’t seemingly travel in the desired direction for the fans, matters travel south. Acknowledging the fact, Swisher gave a detailed explanation of the matter. 

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Speaking on the Talkin’ Yanks podcast, Swisher said, “So at the end of the day, it’s not necessarily booing you. It’s just booing the fact that we’re not where we want to be as an organization and as a fanbase. And at the end of the day, fans pay their money. They pay for our salaries. If it wasn’t for the fans, no way the players would be making the money they are making now.” 

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Swisher continued saying, “No way Aaron Judge gets $40 million if we don’t have 50,000 people in the stands on a nightly basis. So at the end of the day, it’s sometimes hard to go through, but it is part of the deal.”  

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A briefing of Nick Swisher’s narrative

Therefore, as Swisher described, the fan response is always a part and parcel of the sport. The moods swing for the fans as per performances of their beloved teams and favorite star players. If victories bring a feeling of ecstasy among fans, failures cause agony, which takes the form of anger. But all in all, it’s the fans who complete the entire scenario in a sporting arena. 

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So, do you agree with Nick Swisher’s comments? Or do you believe it’s wrong for fans to boo the players? Please let us know in the comments below.