Two reminders on this Tuesday morning. First, if you’ve been putting it off, don’t forget to register for the LoHud Yankees Blog to be entered into a drawing for one of 10 autographed baseballs. The deadline is today at noon.
Also, the ESPN show E:60 will feature an interview with Nick Swisher during tonight’s program, which airs at 7 p.m. ET. From an ESPN press release:
When the Yankees signed Swisher as an insurance outfielder prior to the 2009 season, he wasn’t quite an afterthought — but his was the least-heralded of the Yankees’ mammoth free agent signings that winter. Mark Teixeira, C.C. Sabathia and A.J. Burnett were the headliners; Swisher was just that other guy. Eighteen months later, Swisher is arguably the second-best player on baseball’s best team.
But his productivity is just part of the story. Into a clubhouse that was known for its seriousness, Swisher injected some much needed joie de vivre. His relentless energy and enthusiasm initially encountered some resistance in the business-like atmosphere in the Bronx–but eventually his teammates were won over by his attitude and performance. With Swisher, the Yankees won the World Series for the first time in nine years and, for the first time since perhaps long before then, they’ve been having fun. Jeremy Schaap reports for E:60.
I guess we’ll give the Worldwide Leader a pass on lumping Swisher in with the free agent signings. In their defense, it’s hard to remember the names of any of the players the Yankees gave up in that trade. Even Kanekoa Texeira — the throw-in who came to the Yankees in the deal — is beginning to look like a more productive big leaguer than Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez or Jhonny Nunez. That’s a huge steal for Brian Cashman.
Pretty good timing for ESPN, because Swisher is red hot with four home runs in the past four games. Since Friday he’s only had one game without a homer, and he was 2-for-4 that night. The ESPN press release claims he’s arguably the second-best player on the Yankees right now, which seemed like an overstatement the instant I read it, but it might actually be true (as long as we’re not including pitchers).
Robinson Cano is obviously No. 1. If not Swisher, who’s No. 2?