Taking over as the club's starting right fielder in April, Swisher fit right into the potent lineup, bringing a patient switch-hitting approach that saw him become one of five Yankees players to belt 25 or more home runs while driving in 82 runs for the American League East champions.
Throughout the 2009 postseason, Swisher will take part in a Q&A with MLB.com, sharing his thoughts after every game. Swisher spoke briefly after the Yankees' 5-4, 11-inning defeat in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, won by the Angels on Jeff Mathis' RBI double off Alfredo Aceves.
MLB.com: After five consecutive wins to open the postseason, does this seem like a feeling this team hasn't had for a while?
Swisher: That's a good team over there, you know? You can't take away any credit from them. They played great today and we've just got to be ready to go tomorrow.
MLB.com: What did Jered Weaver do in your two at-bats with runners on in the second and fourth innings that made them tough?
Swisher: He made good use of his offspeed pitches, and the command of his offspeed pitches was good today. Every run in the postseason is big. I had an opportunity a couple of times and I didn't get it done.
MLB.com: How would you describe the feeling watching from right field when Mathis hits that ball in the 11th inning off Aceves?
Swisher: You want someone to catch it. Nobody got there. It was hit in the perfect spot, and we were in the no-doubles defense. We got ourselves out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out [situation] again, and hey, sometimes, that's going to happen to us.
MLB.com: When Mariano Rivera does get out of that 10th inning, what was the feeling like coming off the field?
Swisher: Absolutely, emotions are high. You want to get a run as soon as you can. We were out there battling. It just wasn't our day. We lost by one run. We'll come back and get ourselves ready for tomorrow.
MLB.com: How do you look ahead to Game 4, with CC Sabathia going up against Scott Kazmir?
Swisher: We've got our ace going, so you know we feel good about that. We've got to come through with the same attitude and same fire we've had all season long.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.