Nick Swisher excited about how Indians are jelling
Three weeks into the season and Indians outfielder Nick Swisher
can’t contain his excitement over his new team.
The veteran will have to wait another day to help Cleveland try
to extend its three-game winning streak after rain postponed
Tuesday night’s game against Chicago White Sox.
The game was called three hours and 35 minutes before the
scheduled first pitch. Starters Zach McAllister of Cleveland and
Jose Quintana will be pushed back to pitch Wednesday afternoon.
Swisher, who signed with Cleveland in the offseason after four
seasons with the New York Yankees, is excited about how the Indians
”It’s just a great group of guys around here. It’s a good core
of new guys that we have. And we are bringing over 15 new faces,
obviously, you’re going to go one way or the other. One way meaning
everyone is going to latch on together and take off, or guys are
going to kind of do their own thing.
”The great chemistry and the bonding that we have done through
spring and even with the ”Harlem Shake,” as cheesy as that was,
it was just a team building exercise. Now we’re all trying to get
to the point where we’re all trying to gain loyalty together and
Swisher is already a big fan of his new manager, Terry Francona.
He was happy to hear that Francona will use him as a designated
hitter to get him some added rest.
”I have never had that ever in my life. To have a manager
really looking out for you like that just makes coming to the
ballpark awesome every single day. And not only that: it makes you
want to run through a brick wall every time you get the opportunity
because you got a guy like that backing you,” said Swisher. ”It’s
my 10th year in the league, so I am happy. It took me 10 years to
get this so now that I do have it I guess I can appreciate it that
much more. I’ll take that,” said Swisher, who is hitting .288 with
two home runs and a .405 on base percentage.
The outfielder is in the first season of a four-year, $56
million dollar contract.
”I knew a lot of things going on behind the scenes during the
free agency process and everything that was told to me has
happened. It makes you really want to believe in a front office
because what they tell you is exactly what they’re doing,” said
The Indians expect to get some added depth at catcher soon. Lou
Marson joined the team Tuesday. Francona did not say if he would be
activated from the disabled list before the game. He was out with a
strained neck. He hit .226 last season in 70 games
Tuesday’s game was the third postponement for the Indians and
Swisher doesn’t expect any wear and tear when the doubleheaders add
”No. We get paid to play this game. This is what we all love to
do here. Hey, a doubleheader at the ballpark, what’s better than
NOTES: It was the second postponement on Chicago’s current
eight-game homestand due to inclement weather. … It’s also the
fourth postponement in Chicago since the baseball season began
three weeks ago. Two of the Cubs’ home games have also been
rescheduled due to rain or cold conditions.