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 after the Yankees' 10-1 victory in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, putting New York one win from advancing to the World Series.
MLB.com: So many good things happened in this game for the Yankees. Where do you begin breaking it down?
Swisher: It starts off with our good pitching. I think these guys have just done a tremendous job. They've been the key to our success all year long. I've been saying this for a long time. These guys have done a great job, and it's fun to be part of the team when those guys are pitching. They've really done a tremendous job and you can't give enough credit to a guy like CC [Sabathia], pitching on three days' rest. It looked like he'd been resting for a week or so. He had life on his stuff, his offspeed stuff was sharp, good location, and it's just fun, man. [Alex Rodriguez is] having a great postseason -- he [just] keeps things going -- and Melky [Cabrera] picked us up in a couple of situations. It's just big things. We feel good about where we are, and we're going to keep battling.
MLB.com: When you heard that the decision was to start Sabathia on three days' rest, did you have any concern whatsoever about the move?
Swisher: No -- I just didn't. I didn't even know he was on three days' rest until he came out today and they were like, "Oh, CC is going on three days' rest." Well, CC is a big man, and he's out there and he's going to give it everything he's got every time he takes the mound. All we want to do is play the best defense we can behind him and we'll go from there.
MLB.com: It seemed like an adventurous night on the bases. What happened in the fourth inning, getting back to second base on the pickoff and then being called out for leaving third base too early?
Swisher: I don't know, man. I don't really want to talk about it too much. Whatever the film shows is what happened. I respect those guys and I'm just going to leave it be.
MLB.com: What was up with smelling your bat after that foul ball in the second inning?
Swisher: When you foul a ball off your bat, it kind of burns the bat and smells like burnt wood. So I smelled it.
MLB.com: Up 3-1 in the ALCS over the Angels now, what is the feeling in this clubhouse?
Swisher: It's the same thing as it was when we were up 2-1. We want to keep pushing, keep battling. We're not where we want to be, but we've got to keep busting our tails until we're at that spot.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.