NEW YORK -- Taking over as the Yankees' starting right fielder in April, Nick 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 champions.
MLB.com: What was the discussion like on the bench as Cliff Lee kept going further and further through that game? Swisher: We had some runners on there and this and that, but in a two-run game, one swing of the bat and the game is tied. We had some runners on, but hey, he had a great game. [Chase] Utley put the bat on the ball. But hey, what are you going to do? It's only one game. You've just got to keep going and forget about it. MLB.com: What was your view of Utley's first home run? Did you think you had a chance to bring that one back? Swisher: No, not really. That one was about five rows deep. MLB.com: The outcome wasn't what you wanted, but what was the whole experience like of your first World Series game? Swisher: It was amazing, man. The atmosphere was electric. It was to be expected, finally getting here. For coming out and losing Game 1, it's going to happen. We've lost a game before. We know what we have to do to come back. Tomorrow is going to be a great game, and we'll be here, same time and ready to go. MLB.com: Is it kind of hard to believe this is only the ninth time you've lost at home since the All-Star break? Swisher: Yeah. We've done extremely well here, but tonight just wasn't our night. We'll be ready tomorrow.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.