By Jason Klein
Originally Written For The Official Steiner Sports Blog – 9/9/10
This past July, Nick Swisher, the happy-go-lucky outfielder for the New York Yankees, was both happy and lucky to have the opportunity to represent the American League in the All-Star Game.
Voted in by the fans, he beat out Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox in a separate vote for the final spot on the AL roster. The honor was as much a testament to his ability on the baseball field, as it was to his overwhelming popularity among the Yankees faithful.
In just two seasons with the Yankees,Nick Swisher has achieved “fan-favorite” status. His #33 uniform is prevalent in the stands each night at Yankee Stadium as thousands look to honor the ever-smiling right fielder from Columbus, OH.
It’s perhaps fitting that Swisher was voted in by the fans who adore him. He has truly become a “man of the people” in the Bronx, executing a “Swisher Salute” for his supporters each night during roll call. His personality is infectious and his passion for the game he plays is very evident – two traits fans find very appealing.
In addition, his on-field contributions and stats have been eerily consistent over the last two seasons too. On September 8, 2009, Swisher hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Rays 3-2. Then, this past week, on the one-year anniversary of that dramatic moment, Swisher did it again, smashing another walk-off home run, again in the bottom of the ninth, to defeat the Orioles by the same score – 3-2. Both home runs were capped off with a face full of pie, courtesy of A.J. Burnett.
Although Nick Swisher struggled in the 2009 post season, his efforts throughout the regular season, and his ability to keep the clubhouse relaxed, yet focused, were instrumental in the team’s World Series Championship run.
An achievement Swisher would be both happy, and lucky to duplicate in 2010.
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