Joe Girardi said he quite literally can’t imagine what it must be like to be Nick Swisher these days. Of Swisher’s past eight hits, six have been home runs.
“That’s like three years for me,” Girardi said. “I have no idea. He’s swinging the bat great.”
Remember early in the season when Swisher was begging for a homer and couldn’t get one? He hit one home run in the month of April, and he had just two homers through his first 46 games. Since May 29, he’s gone deep 19 times. He has six homers in his past seven games.
“I have no idea, man,” he said. “I’m just trying to go out there and have a blast. I’m putting in a lot of work, me and K-Long have been in the cage a lot. Once you get that groove, you want to continue to keep it. That’s all I’m really trying to do right now.”
Last night, it was Swisher who delivered the crucial blow with a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The Yankees are going into a three-game showdown with Boston, and it seems they’ll once again be without Alex Rodriguez. Derek Jeter is expected back from a bruised knee, but he’s missed back-to-back games.
“We do have some guys out, there’s no doubt about that,” Swisher said. “Obviously when you’re in a situation, you want to be the guy to try and step up. Everyone in the lineup is stepping their game up a little bit. I always go back to that word tenacity, but to come in here and lose those first two games, and the way we bounced back to win those last two, that’s just great baseball. Especially heading into a huge series this week.”
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