"I did a lot of things last year that I was not used to doing," Swisher said Tuesday on a conference call. "I led off for the first time in my career, which was a little bit of a change. But I'm not a guy to make excuses. "In my mind, I don't think I've reached my full potential.""Last year, obviously, statistically I didn't have the year that I wanted to," Swisher said, "but you know what, this is a different year. This is '09, not '08. I know in my mind that I've grown not only as a player, but as a man. Last year was a very humbling year for me, and I learned a lot from it."Swisher is also excited that he is getting to play first base. He said "it would be very exciting to see what I could do for a full season over there". Swish is also a big supporter of A.J. Burnett and is pleased that his new team is going after him.
"I guess I could characterize (Burnett's) stuff as electric," said Swisher, who is 2-for-10 against Burnett in his career. "He's one of those guys where it just feels every time you step in the box it's an uncomfortable at-bat. The guy can run the ball up to 98, 99 mph, has a great curveball, commands the plate well, both sides, and would be a huge pickup if we can get him."Now that Swisher has less pressure on him in the line-up and he is playing the position that he likes I am predicting an electric year from this scruffy kid. As a bonus he also poses for top-less black and white pictures (top right)