Nick Swisher was laughing, but then again, he’s usually laughing these days.
Sure, Mark Teixeira’s home run got the ball rolling, but it was Swisher’s grand slam that really gave the Yankees momentum last night. It was Swisher’s double that put the Yankees in the lead. Swisher had six RBIs in a span of two innings, and his 20 RBIs for the year lead the American League.
“I’m just trying to be the same guy every day,” he said. “I don’t really worry about much. I’m just trying to have as much fun as I can.”
This time last year, Swisher wasn’t smiling so much. He’s a happy guy, but he didn’t hit his first home run last season until April 27. It took him 21 games, and he was hitting .208 at that point. This year, he’s hitting .283/.371/.583. Last year, he said, was stressful. This year — even with free agency looming — Swisher’s playing relaxed, and he’s playing well.
“I’m just trying to go out there and put a good swing on it,” Swisher said. “Whether I’m successful or not, that’s not my process. My process is everything leading up to that point. I’m trying to do everything to get my mental checks ready, try to go out and put a quality at-bat together. Whether I get a hit or I don’t, that’s not what really drives me right now. It’s the process of getting myself ready to go up to the plate every single time.”
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