During Andy Pettitte’s postgame press conference last night, Nick Swisher stood to the side and listened. When it was over, he began to applaud then looked at the room of reporters and said, “Nobody claps?”
When he went to the table for his press conference, Swisher took a video recorder with him and filmed the moment of him taking center stage. Someone joked that he’s supposed to act like he’s been there before and Swisher replied, “But I haven’t been here before.”
“I think tonight just really, really turned things around for me,” he said. “You know, I mean, obviously this post-season has been kind of a struggle for me, but I’ll tell you what, I think the real thanks from me definitely goes to my teammates, my manager. Those guys have never lost faith in me. And my family, they’ve been behind me this whole way. It’s different. When you’re in the postseason and you’re in New York, it’s completely different than anywhere else I’ve ever been. It’s nice to have a day like this, but it’s just one game. I mean, right now we’re sitting 2-1, and it’s all about the team. We want to get this thing. Obviously coming here into a hostile crowd like tonight, it’s great to definitely get a game here.”
Swisher entered Saturday hitting .114, but Joe Girardi said before the game that Swisher has been the team’s right-fielder all season and that wasn’t going to change because of three and a half bad weeks. He sat Swisher in Game 2, and Swisher responded in Game 3.
“That was heartbreaking,” Swisher said. “There’s no doubt about that. I’m an emotional guy. You definitely know what I’m thinking. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Skip sat me down the other day and said, ‘Hey, just relax. I want you to just watch this game, enjoy this game.’ And then we talked about some stuff after the game. But I think it really helped me mentally, not necessarily physically because right now you’re such on cloud 9 because you’re playing in the World Series, you don’t really feel anything.
“But it was nice for my head to just rest and enjoy that game, and especially for us to win, that was great. So for today, I talked to Skip a lot today, I talked to K Long, our hitting coach, and those guys have really helped me out, as well.”
Here’s the Swisher audio.