The rookie of the series, though, was first baseman Dan Johnson, who is from the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids. He delighted his big local following with his second homer in two days, a mammoth shot that went into the upper deck in right despite being announced as 417 feet.
"Right," Swisher said. "It was a lot further than that. He doesn't look it, but Dan's so dang strong. He's just a big Minnesota hockey player."
Asked about the mistaken measurement, Johnson said, "It doesn't matter, it all counts the same."
Dang! Those A's won another game!
Swisher's UCORP(unintentional comedy over replacement player) is freaking awesome.
The thing that struck Swisher most about Johnson's homer was that Johnson told him he planned to scoot up in the box to adjust to the way Kyle Lohse had pitched to him his first two-bats.
"He kept throwing back-door breaking balls, so I moved up a foot, right on the dish, to take the outside pitch away," Johnson said. "That (homer) was all reaction, my hands just came through. I wasn't trying to hit a home run."
Said Swisher: "I want to scoot up in the box, too."
Jennifer, I think Swisher's kid is going to start talking the minute he/she is born.