Q&A with Nick Swisher
Outfielder plays key role in punching World Series ticket
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 Yankees players to belt 25 or more home runs while driving in 82 runs for the American League East champions.
Throughout the 2009 postseason, Swisher will take part in a Q&A with MLB.com, sharing his thoughts after every game. Swisher spoke after the Yankees defeated the Angels, 5-2, in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Sunday, earning the right to advance to the World Series against the Phillies.
MLB.com: You're standing here, soaked in champagne, wearing a T-shirt that says you're going to the World Series -- your first World Series. What does this all feel like?
Swisher: To tell you the God's honest truth, I'm looking at it now and it feels pretty dang good. I don't know, man. Right now, it feels amazing. This beer is tremendous, the champagne is amazing, and I really just could not be more happy right now.
MLB.com: You had a big hit to help start the rally in the fourth inning, and an important bunt later -- on the night the Swish-Hawk makes its return. Coincidence?
Swisher: The Swish-Hawk is back, man! I'm telling you. I don't know. Maybe it was time for a little adjustment. I got a haircut today and my dad always told me that getting a haircut was worth at least one hit for the day. I got a hit today, that felt good, and I got a big bunt late in the game. It's a tremendous win for us.
MLB.com: Personally, did you need a night like tonight -- a strong throw, a hit, a standing ovation -- for your confidence going into the World Series?
Swisher: Well, yeah. It just kind of feels like you get back on track a little bit. We've got a couple of days of workouts, and we'll be ready to go. It's an amazing feeling today. To be part of this win is tremendous. I've had some struggles this series, no doubt about that. It just wasn't my time. Hopefully I'll keep working hard, get back on track and get ready for the World Series.
MLB.com: How do you look ahead to this matchup with the Phillies?
Swisher: I haven't really thought about it, man! I'm focused more on the Bud Light and champagne. We'll get after it tomorrow.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.