Throughout the 2009 postseason, Swisher will take part in a Q&A with MLB.com, sharing his thoughts after every game. Swisher did not appear in Game 2 of the World Series, replaced in right field by Jerry Hairston Jr., and he discussed the evening after New York's 3-1 victory over the Phillies.
MLB.com: How would you describe the emotions going through you as you watched this game from the dugout?
Swisher: It was my turn to cheer. It's always upsetting [not to be in the lineup]. You want to be out there playing. But hey, I had to do my part today to be a cheerleader, and J-Hair got a huge hit for us and started the rally up [in the seventh inning]. I thought he did a great job today. A.J. [Burnett] did a great job, obviously. [We got some] huge home runs by [Mark Teixeira] and [Hideki Matsui], and it just was a great day for us, especially coming off the way last night went for us.
MLB.com: You mentioned before the game that you were upset and frustrated, but you were going to use this as a "work day." What did you do?
Swisher: I just got a lot of swings in, and once the game got going, I only got fired up a couple of times for pinch-hitting. It was nice. I just enjoyed a World Series baseball game today.
MLB.com: Did anyone on the team talk to you about the situation and do you expect to be back in the lineup for Game 3?
Swisher: No. You know, it was his day. J-Hair has a high batting average against Pedro [Martinez], so it's a logical choice. I would expect that I'll be back in the lineup on Saturday. Absolutely.
MLB.com: What was the conversation like in the dugout as you saw A.J. handle the Phillies the way he did for seven innings?
Swisher: It was amazing. His stuff was sharp. His slider and curveball was the best I've seen it all year, and it just happened to come at the right time. This was a must-win for us. We got that win and now we're off to Philly to grab a couple over there.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less