Nick’s good luck charm
Nick Swisher strapped on the pink armband from Mother’s Day and promptly homered in his first at-bat of the night on Wednesday, his first home run at Yankee Stadium. It was not a coincidence in his mind – not after greeting special guest Polly Tompkins on the field before the game, hugging her and meeting the large crowd of friends and family in the stands.
But Swisher was already planning on wearing pink even before he knew Tompkins – who is fighting breast and pancreatic cancer – would be attending the game. Swisher said a close friend, Catherine, was diagnosed with breast cancer this week.
“For me, obviously, it hits home,” Swisher said. “To go out and meet Polly and the things that she’s going through, to have such an upbeat personality and smile. Not only that, she told me I was going to have a good game today. Polly, if you’re there, come back tomorrow.”
Swisher also said that Alex Rodriguez sent him a text message Wednesday morning telling him he would have a great game. A repeat performance on Thursday, he said, would be more than welcome.
“I need Alex to text message me and I need Polly here,” Swisher said. “I’ll leave her tickets!”