Q&A with Nick Swisher

Q&A with Nick Swisher

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.

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 dropped Game 1 of the World Series to the Phillies on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium:

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.