New York Yankees
Team first. Nick Swisher second.
That's the way the Yankees right fielder evaluates the postseason in light of his past struggles with the Yankees.
"It's a team thing, man. It's tough to break it down as an individual," Swisher said when asked about his postseason results carrying over. " Obviously you want to do well every single at-bat, I want to hit 1.000 in the postseason, but the reality of that happening is not really that good. Just go out there have quality at-bats and keep doing what I've been doing all season along and then we'll worry about that stuff when it's done."
Swisher, just like teammate Mark Teixeira, is a Yankee who has struggled to hit for average in the postseason. He's a .148 (12-for-81) hitter in the postseason with the Yankees, hitting 6-for-47 in 2009 and 6-for-34 last season. He has three home runs and just four RBIs spanning those two seasons.
Heading into the postseason, Swisher said he feels pretty good. He said the last few games were a confidence boost for him and he believes he's got his swing back to where he wants it to be.
While he struggled out of the gate, hitting .213 on June 4, he looked at the season like a heavyweight fight and said he got off the mat after being knocked around in the first couple of rounds. He finished with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs as well as a .260 average and .374 on-base percentage, his highest percentage since joining the Yankees.
He said he was always confident he'd be able to rebound.
"I feel I'm a pretty good ball player. I don't worry about that stuff. I dealt with that and dealt with all the issues that might have caused something like that and I moved on," Swisher said. "This is October baseball man, you have to be excited about that, this ain't April baseball. Either way we've had a lot of games under our belts and a lot of bats under our belts, now it's time to go out there and get it done."