Mar 16, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Nick Swisher (33) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Things are not cool right now inside the Cleveland Indians fraternity. One prominent current member of the Indians and one legendary retired player are beefing.
Their beef began earlier this offseason when Lofton denigrated the 2013 Indians’ one-game-and-out playoff performance. In Kenny’s eyes, the ’13 Indians weren’t really a playoff team, even though baseball considers the one game opening “series” a part of the postseason.
“A playoff is a series, not one game,” Lofton said. “It’s not the Super Bowl.”
This got back to Nick Swisher and…Nick Swisher was not amused.
Swisher confronted Lofton at Indians Fan Fest and told him to either get on board the Indians train or vacate the station entirely.
Later, when Lofton showed up at spring training, his reception from Swisher and the other Indians was frosty to say the least. Lofton elected to cut short his visit, not wanting to get socked in the teeth.
When asked to elaborate on what went down, Swisher would only say, “That was handled. We handled that.”
Was it handled though? Cause Kenny Lofton hasn’t backed down. When asked to comment he texted back to Anthony Castrovince, “U guys need to put in there on what’s the definition of playoffs and that should answer Swisher’s comments.”
So Lofton is sticking with his position that the Indians didn’t really make the playoffs in 2013, and Swisher is sticking with his position that Kenny Lofton is a jerk.
What we’ve got here is an old fashioned Mexican stand off. With mouths instead of guns.
Finally, something interesting happens with the Indians.