How’s that for a convenient picture? Nick Swisher is in the all-star game, and he’ll be there with Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Derek Jeter. When Swisher got the news, his first call was to his father, who was himself a major league all-star back in 1976.
“He was just proud of me,” Swisher said. “I think that’s one of the greatest things your dad can ever tell you is that he’s proud of you. I’m all smiles today.”
That’s certainly true. If you thought Swisher was excited to be on the final ballot, you can only imagine his excitement at being chosen. While he sat in one of the clubhouse offices this afternoon, talking on the phone live to MLB Network, Swisher’s teammates kept walking into the room to yell their congratulations, not realizing he was on TV at the time.
“People tell me everywhere I go, ‘Swish I voted for you,’” Swisher said. “I went down to the market today. ‘Hey Swish, I voted for you today.’ Thanks man! I’m just excited and so happy for all the support. I couldn’t be more grateful.”
To use Swisher’s word, the past year and a half have been “bananas” since he came to New York. First a World Series. Now his first all-star appearance. And you have to give the guy credit, he’s made noticeable changes to make himself a better, more complete player this season.
“I’m actually going to talk to these guys who have been there for a while,” he said. “Tell me how it works. I just think it’s going to be great to be there. I’m juiced man. Obviously you can tell.”
Yes, we could tell. Here’s Swisher.
• Stunning news out of Tampa: Nick Johnson suffered a setback. He was swinging a bat today when he felt pain in that surgically repaired wrist. He’s coming back to New York to see Dr. Ahmad. “What it means, how long he rests, I don’t know,” Girardi said.
• Much better news on Sergio Mitre, who could join the Yankees immediately after the all-star break. “He’s going to make another (rehab start) here soon,” Girardi said. “And then we’re going to discuss to see whether we think he needs one more or is ready to go.”
• The question seems to be how much the Yankees need to get Mitre stretched out. Is he a long man, or is he a one-or-two-inning guy like Alfredo Aceves was supposed to be? “I think you have to see the makeup of our roster at the time,” Girardi said.
• Girardi mentioned Dustin Moseley as another guy who could fill that Aceves role.
• Girardi said he might DH Alex Rodriguez one more game this series. He talked to Rodriguez in Oakland and told him he planned to DH him today.
• Girardi won’t announce a starting pitcher for the All-Star Game until Sunday, but David Price is a name to keep in mind. “He’s a strong candidate to start,” Girardi said “He pitched yesterday. Those are announcements that we’ll make on Sunday.”
• Girardi said he has started to map out his pitching plans for the All-Star Game, and all of those decisions are done in consultation with the individual pitching coaches. “Dave (Eiland) has called every pitching coach except the pitching coach here because he knows he’s going to see him in 15 minutes,” Girardi said.
• While Girardi was doing his pregame interview in the dugout, Colin Curtis was a few feet away doing an interview of his own. He grew up just outside Seattle, and some folks from his local newspaper are at the stadium to write about him coming home. Pretty cool that his call-up came in time to play here and in Phoenix, where he went to college.
• CC Sabathia said he honestly has no idea where LeBron is going. “Everybody thinks he’s going to Miami from all the reports,” Girardi said. “But we’ve seen how that can change.”
Associated Press photos. The second one is of Dave Robertson. Why Robertson? I don’t know, just kind of a cool picture and the AP obviously has no fresh art of Nick Johnson.