Q&A with Nick Swisher
Yankees outfielder excited about sweep, facing Halos in ALCS
MINNEAPOLIS -- 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. Soaked with champagne and beer on Sunday, Swisher gave his thoughts after the Yankees defeated the Twins, 4-1, to advance to the American League Championship Series.
MLB.com: You're spraying champagne around the room, yelling, big smiles all around. Is this the kind of party you can get used to having?
Swisher: My gosh, it doesn't get any better than this. Just to be able to be part of this -- man, I'll tell you what. We've got such great guys on this team. Everybody goes out and gives it 150 percent every day. These are the benefits you get from that. We've got a great group of guys together, and I could not be more honored or more proud to put on the uniform and play with these guys every day.
MLB.com: How closely were you watching the Angels game today? Was there a sense that you wanted to get this done tonight?
Swisher: We wanted to go out and win, but you want to go out and win every game. Against a team like this, to come in here with this crowd and be able to pull off a win today is pretty special. For us to be able to go out and win tonight is exactly what we wanted to do. We didn't want to have to come in here and play Game 4 tomorrow, and then go back to New York. We wanted to take care of business tonight, and that's exactly what we did.
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|Gm. 2||NYY 4, MIN 3 (11)||Wrap||Video|
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MLB.com: Did some of those heads-up plays make a real difference in this series, like you throwing to second base to get Michael Cuddyer, or Derek Jeter throwing home to catch Nick Punto?
Swisher: I don't know. I think that's part of the game. We capitalized on a couple of mistakes they made. But I think you really have to tip your hat to guys like Al [Alex Rodriguez], who had the two huge home runs. Sado [Jorge Posada] with the big home run tonight, Robbie Cano with the extra-base hit to put us up 3-1, which is a huge run.
MLB.com: What could you have said to that fan who ran out on the field in the ninth inning?
Swisher: I just asked him what he was doing, why he did it. A couple of the cops were laughing. He kept saying, "Go Twins!" I don't think he knew what he was doing.
MLB.com: You're about to walk out of the Metrodome for the last time. What do you think you'll remember about this place?
Swisher: Obviously, today was a big win, but I'll probably remember the Kirby Puckett catch. That's probably one of the things I'll remember most. It's going to be different next year. This team has always been a team that's played extremely well on turf, and we'll see what happens next year.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.