Q&A with Nick Swisher
Yanks outfielder confident as team goes for sweep Sunday
With his boisterous, relentlessly positive attitude and eclectic musical taste, Nick Swisher has stepped in to become an instant fan favorite in his first season with the Yankees.
Taking over as the club's starting right fielder in April, 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. On Saturday, Swisher gave his thoughts after the Yankees completed a workout to get reacclimated with the Metrodome in advance of Sunday's Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
MLB.com: You were kidding around with a few of the writers last night about now having to say nice things about Alex Rodriguez. It was tongue-in-cheek, but how much do you think Alex needed to have a series like this one so far?
Swisher: I don't think he necessarily needed it, but the way he has come clutch for us the last couple of games has been amazing. It's so funny to see what people write and then he goes out and does that. People are like, "Oh, man, I need to change what I said," because you do. You have to. I think his legacy speaks for itself. He's had a tremendous career up to this point, and there's no stopping anytime soon. It's nice to see him do well.
MLB.com: To have seen back-to-back strong pitching performances from CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett in Games 1 and 2, has this been pretty much what you anticipated when you saw these guys in Spring Training?
Swisher: That's why these guys are here. I think CC said it best: that's what he signed up to do. I think A.J., the same thing. When those guys signed to come over here, they knew we had a pretty good chance of winning. Those guys want to win just as much as the rest of us. I know CC doesn't have a World Series [ring], I know A.J. doesn't have one. There's just a lot of good things that are happening to us right now, and we just want to keep this going.
|Gm. 1||NYY 7, MIN 2||Wrap||Video|
|Gm. 2||NYY 4, MIN 3 (11)||Wrap||Video|
|Gm. 3||NYY 4, MIN 1||Wrap||Video|
MLB.com: Looking ahead to Game 3, what have you learned about Andy Pettitte since coming aboard with this team?
Swisher: Mr. Pettitte has been tremendous, no doubt about it. He's done a great job. I think he's made a lot of people put a little zipper on their mouth, and it's nice to see that. It's amazing. People write so many opinionated things, and he's gone out there and just done a tremendous job. It's really awesome. He works fast, throws strikes, and it's a lot of fun to play defense behind him.
MLB.com: As an outfielder, how do you adjust to handle the light-colored Metrodome roof and the lights?
Swisher: To tell you the truth -- knock on wood, I don't want to jinx it -- I've never really had a hard time seeing the ball. I think it's one of those things, when you see the ball go up, you have to keep your eye on it. If you take your eye off the ball to see where you are on the field, that's when you get in trouble.
MLB.com: What can you make of Joe Girardi's managerial style? Why do you think this seems like such a relaxed clubhouse even though arguably this is the most stressful time of the season?
Swisher: We've been relaxed since Day 1. I think that we've had that inner confidence, and the Skip's been the leader of this ship. We've all bought into it, and we just really, really couldn't be more happy with where we stand right now.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.