Q&A with Nick Swisher
Late-game comeback not surprising, Damon's mad dash is
PHILADELPHIA -- 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.
MLB.com: You've seen this so much this season. Is there any late comeback you guys can pull off that would still surprise you?
Swisher: I think it shows how resilient this team is. We keep going out there and we battle until the final out. I've called us the "Comeback Kids" a couple of times, but it just seems that every time there has been an obstacle in front of us, we just take it head on. This is not only a group of great players, but great people. You know what they say -- good things happen to good people. I just want to keep this thing going.
MLB.com: When Johnny Damon breaks for third base, do you know what he's doing?
Swisher: No. I knew Tex [Mark Teixeira] was up and I knew there was a shift. It felt like [Pedro] Feliz was from me to you away from him [about two feet] and Johnny took off. I was like, "Man, where are you going?" I think that ended up being a great job, because with a guy like [Brad] Lidge, who has a good slider, sometimes it bounces in the dirt every now and then. I think that might have taken that away a little bit.
MLB.com: You've made an adjustment in your batting stance. Can you walk us through the mechanics of it and what that does for you?
Swisher: It's just a little wider. It feels great. I feel like I'm seeing the ball better. I'm laying off a lot of pitches, although tonight I swung against [Ryan] Madson at a bad changeup down that put me in a hole. With a guy like that who's got great stuff, he painted a fastball in and you just tip your hat.
MLB.com: How good of a feeling is it to be in the World Series, up 3-1, with A.J. Burnett on the mound in Game 5?
Swisher: We feel great. But we're going to attack this game tomorrow just like we have every other game this postseason. We want to go out, we want to be successful and we've got a great opportunity right now. And we know that.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.