Q&A with Nick Swisher
Outfielder finds himself on bench for Game 2 of World Series
NEW YORK -- Taking over as the Yankees' starting right fielder in April, Nick Swisher fit right into the potent lineup, bringing a patient switch-hitting approach that saw him become one of five Bombers to belt 25 or more home runs while driving in 82 runs for the American League champions.
Throughout the 2009 postseason, Swisher will take part in a Q&A with MLB.com, sharing his thoughts after every game. Swisher did not appear in Game 2 of the World Series, replaced in right field by Jerry Hairston Jr., and he discussed the evening after New York's 3-1 victory over the Phillies.
MLB.com: How would you describe the emotions going through you as you watched this game from the dugout?
Swisher: It was my turn to cheer. It's always upsetting [not to be in the lineup]. You want to be out there playing. But hey, I had to do my part today to be a cheerleader, and J-Hair got a huge hit for us and started the rally up [in the seventh inning]. I thought he did a great job today. A.J. [Burnett] did a great job, obviously. [We got some] huge home runs by [Mark Teixeira] and [Hideki Matsui], and it just was a great day for us, especially coming off the way last night went for us.
MLB.com: You mentioned before the game that you were upset and frustrated, but you were going to use this as a "work day." What did you do?
Swisher: I just got a lot of swings in, and once the game got going, I only got fired up a couple of times for pinch-hitting. It was nice. I just enjoyed a World Series baseball game today.
MLB.com: Did anyone on the team talk to you about the situation and do you expect to be back in the lineup for Game 3?
Swisher: No. You know, it was his day. J-Hair has a high batting average against Pedro [Martinez], so it's a logical choice. I would expect that I'll be back in the lineup on Saturday. Absolutely.
MLB.com: What was the conversation like in the dugout as you saw A.J. handle the Phillies the way he did for seven innings?
Swisher: It was amazing. His stuff was sharp. His slider and curveball was the best I've seen it all year, and it just happened to come at the right time. This was a must-win for us. We got that win and now we're off to Philly to grab a couple over there.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.