Nick Swisher delivered three of the Yankees’ seven hits in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Red Sox. He’s batting .380 in his last 12 games with four homers and 14 RBI. Seven of the games have included more than one hit. For the season, he’s batting .272 with 18 homers and 69 RBI.
But he knows his time here may be coming to a close after four seasons. The Yankees picked up his one-year, $10.25 million option after last season. He can be a free agent and the Yankees are intent on not getting clobbered by a luxury tax, so they want to get down to a $189 million payroll by 2014.
“I’ve been thinking a lot,” Swisher said. “That word ‘regret’ kind of pops into my head. That’s the last thing that I want to have, regardless of whatever my situation is next year. I want to enjoy this time that I have now and just soak it up, and we’ll see what happens.
“I’ve never gone through something like this,” he added. “I don’t even really know what to think about. I’m just trying to enjoy it because this place has been so amazing to me. I figure if I didn’t go out there and give it everything I had, I’d feel bad about that. I’m just trying to go out there and have some fun, put up quality at-bats every single time, and we’ll just go from there.”
Swisher may not be the second coming of Mr. October, but he does bring some valuable things to this team, including positive energy. He switch hits and can play right or back up at first. He’s a fan-friendly and media-friendly guy. And he likes it here.
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Also, hope you can read my articles today for The Journal News/LoHud.com, one on yesterday’s game and the promise of David Phelps despite the loss, another on the concern over Mark Teixeira’s recurring wrist trouble and other notes, and another that’s non-Yankees related. I worked for more than a month trying to track down former players all over the country for a story on their 40th anniversary of going to the Little League World Series (the only ones in the history of their county and one of only two teams from the Lower Hudson Valley to go in the 66 years of it) to have them look back and find out where they are in their lives now. Extra credit and much thanks to anyone who takes the time to read that one.
My colleague, Josh Thomson, will be here for tonight’s series finale and Chad will be back tomorrow. I’m going on vacation today for two weeks since I don’t have an offseason, but anyone who would like to follow me or converse on Twitter during downtime from The LoHud Yankees Blog can do so @bheyman99.