Joe Girardi had Nick Swisher in his lineup yesterday and, ostensibly, will keep him there when Game 6 finally gets played tonight. In explaining why he stuck with Swisher to the beat writers yesterday, Girardi invoked history – and himself.
“Johnny was scuffling and Johnny came out of it. Tex was scuffling and he had a huge hit for us,” Girardi said of Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira. Then, he mentioned himself. “I didn’t have a hit in the  World Series until my triple in Game 6,” Girardi said. “Joe [Torre] didn’t bench me, you know? Swish plays a good right field out there for us, he does. And it’s not the easiest right field to play. He’s had good at-bats against Joe Saunders.”
A quick look at the stats shows that Girardi was hitting .179 (5-for-35) during the ’96 postseason until that Game 6 against the Braves. Then, in the clinching game for the Yankees, he busted out for two hits including a third-inning triple off Greg Maddux that gave the Yankees their first run. Not a bad example if Swisher is looking for one to follow.