Nick Swisher delivered his signature salute to Yankee Stadium’s right-field bleacher fans after soaking up a personal roll call in the first inning.

So much was the same, but so much had changed in the seven-plus months since Swisher last had seen them.

He stood at first base. He wore “Cleveland” across his chest. And unbeknownst to him, it was the second salute of the night, following Lyle Overbay’s theft of his trademark move in right field.

“Oh, did he? He’s trying to steal my thing, huh?,” Swisher said while laughing. “That’s alright.”

Returning to Yankee Stadium last night for the first time this season, for the first time as a visitor in nearly five years, Swisher was flooded with memories.

Bro, he was as stoked as ever.

“It’s super exciting to be back here a couple days,” Swisher said before going 0-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run in the Indians’ 7-4 loss to the Yankees. “Just that atmosphere, that was a great thing to be a part of. Just being part of the whole tradition, obviously winning the World Series in ’09 was pretty cool. I just think the mystique of being a Yankee was so great and something I was so proud to be a part of.”

When Swisher had last played in The Bronx, his four seasons as a fan favorite had taken a sharp turn into the unfamiliar.

After the Yankees’ loss in Game 2 of last year’s ALCS against the Tigers, Swisher discussed how hurt he was to have been booed by fans while having another putrid postseason. Last night, Swisher said the incident couldn’t diminish how excited he was to see the Creatures.