I Admit It: I’m A Total Swisher Convert

When Cashman first traded for Nick Swisher, my reaction was: “WHY?” He was batting like .211, was supposed to be our first baseman and sometime outfielder and was not particularly proficient at either position, and he had the look and demeanor of a non-Yankee.
I figured I’d get tired of his clownish act and, in spite of the fact that I wouldn’t miss Wilson Betemit, I kept questioning Cashman’s wisdom in making the trade. But then we got Tex, so Swisher wouldn’t be playing first base after all and giving me nightmares of Giambi. And then he kept having impressive at bats, working counts, hitting with power. And when he pitched that game at the Trop and seemed to take such joy from being able to help out the pen, I could see what a good teammate he was.
When he came to spring training this year in such great shape, determined to boost his average and be more serious about his work, I was doubly impressed. It’s not everyday that a player actually tries to grow and change, and Swisher has done that. As we anticipate the series in Baltimore this weekend, it’s Swisher who hits so well at Camden Yards, Swisher whose bat I want in the lineup in the #2 spot, Swisher who gives us a credible right fielder, Swisher whose injury needs to heal – and fast. (I’m really hoping the cortisone shot did its thing).
As I said at the top, I never expected to like him as much as I do – or count on him for the Yankees’ success. But it happened. I’m in his corner. I have his back.
Or is this all about how much I don’t like Austin Kearns?


  1. mikeeff

    i used to like him on the A’s- thought he was a fun guy- and then when i learned he had grown out his hair so he could donate to make wigs for cancer victims i was really touched. was glad when they signed him, but at the time wasn’t expecting too much either. now he’s gone beyond just being a fan favorite. he’s a key part of the line up. his D has gotten vastly better. i’m really praying his knee is going to be ok…i’d rather them wait to make sure, but we could use his bat now…

  2. dschaub@gpo.gov

    “I’ll be a joke for you, oh girl…
    Make you smile when you’re feeling blue…
    Ain’t it funny what a little love can do…
    Better than poison, so much stronger than glue…”
    — song lyrics from “I’ll Play The Fool,” by Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (hey Diane…they were GREAT!!)
    Jane, that’s where all this Swish-talk takes my (very strange) brain. He has been wondrous; buried under all the high-profile signings, just another outfielder who can play some at first — and crazy, of course, like ALL of us lefties! But wow, has he ever been so much more. Like you, I root for him twice as hard now…
    I’d like to see a few signs of life this weekend from the Bombers — always a little more personal when they play the O’s — altho’ I won’t be likely to SEE any beisbol action, so what — one of my ol’ college buddy hosts is a fellow Yankee fan, so we can exult/commiserate together. And my bro-in-law is a Bosox fan…and Son #1, my traveling companion, loves the O’s…so there’s plenty still at stake. Everybody have a fab weekend (esp. Our Boyz, I hope I hope)…and may all be well…!

  3. beckers46

    I could not agree more about our beloved Nick Swisher. He’s a breath of fresh air. I love his passion for the game and for all his charity efforts. I too was skeptical at first, but the moment I found out about how he honors his grandmother Betty each at bat, I was in awe. Swish is the man! I hope he feels better soon. We need him in the lineup!
    Fans, I’m leaving for Baltimore this afternoon. I will be in attendance for Sunday’s game. I’m sitting in the CF bleachers, section 94. Please come say hi if you’d like. I’m looking forward to having a 4 day weekend. Have a great day fans! LET’S GO YANKEES!!! – Becky 😀

  4. beckers46

    I could not agree more about our beloved Nick Swisher. He’s a breath of fresh air. I love his passion for the game and for all his charity efforts. I too was skeptical at first, but the moment I found out about how he honors his grandmother Betty each at bat, I was in awe. Swish is the man! I hope he feels better soon. We need him in the lineup!
    Fans, I’m leaving for Baltimore this afternoon. I will be in attendance for Sunday’s game. I’m sitting in the CF bleachers, section 94. Please come say hi if you’d like. I’m looking forward to having a 4 day weekend. Have a great day fans! LET’S GO YANKEES!!! – Becky 😀

  5. seindsfeld@aol.com

    When the Yanks first got him I said Swisher who? But as I saw how he acted and brought life to the team i immediately liked him. I got his shirt, rooted for him always and I contributed the World Series win mostly to his chemistry. (Also CC and Tex helped too). There’s nothing like having a fun clubhouse and enjoying to play. Unfortunately I think some of the magic is gone and they’re getting slow and sluggish in this final stretch! 😦

  6. diane.anziano@gmail.com

    We adore “Swish” at our home – and his girlfriend is adorable – she was the older daughter on “Reba”. My daughter told me that there’s been some push to get Swisher to host Saturday Night Live this coming season — Jeter did a great job and Swish is even funnier than Derek — I just don’t know if he is “famous” enough to get the job.

    Kearns bat was pretty active for a short while but it really has turned cold of late – and in some very big spots over the last week or so. Hopefully that turns around. Let’s just hope all the hurting players are going to be 100% again, not just to end the regular season but for the post season. GO YANKEES!!!

    P.S. – sorry Dave, I didn’t recognize the song you quoted. That’s unusual for me. Keep them coming, though…you always make perfect musical references to the topics we discuss.

  7. ladyjane303

    I know what it is – I’m using the Twitter icson for love, and it’s causing the rest of the message to be deleted. So one more time – I love Nick Swisher! Happiest man in baseball. Brings energy, spirit and heart to the team. Fan favorite, especially in the right field bleachers and lower level seats (Swisherland). Well deserved All-Star appearance this year. In my mind, Nick Swisher is a Yankee (can’t say that about all members of the team). Looking forward to having him back in the lineup, and Gardy too. Excited about Andy’s start on Sunday.
    Love the laughing lady!

  8. Jane Heller

    Mike, you’re right – his defense has gotten better. I used to hide my eyes on fly balls to right, expecting some sort of circus catch or somersault. He really did have adventures out there and still does, but he’s so much better in all aspects of the game. And yes, the hair/cancer thing was an indicator that the guy has a lot of heart.

    I’d like to see more than a few signs of life this weekend, Dave. I’d like to see the boys come out mashing at Camden Yards where they’ve hit so well in the past. Of course, we need pitching too and this is where it gets sticky. No CC this weekend, which means the others will just have to pick it up, starting with AJ!

    Kearns needs splinters, John. LOL. You’re baaad. He is a bench player and I wish we had the luxury to use him that way instead of filling in for the injured Swish or Gardner. The other option in the outfield is Thames and that scares me. Well, I guess they could go with Golson now that he’s Mr. Throw.

    I agree, Jenn. Cutting his hair for cancer patients was a generous act and seems in keeping with his spirit.

    Becky, I agree that it’s touching the way Swisher honors his grandmother by pointing to the sky, but I’m not usually a fan of guys who point to the sky or make similar showy gestures. Remember, I’m a Mo girl – no outward displays of any kind! But I’ve warmed to Swisher and there’s no getting around it. Have a great time in Baltimore and please bring us back a winning series. Maybe you’ll run into Peggy? She’ll be there too.

    I remember that you have that Swisher shirt, seindsfeld, so you’ve been a fan for awhile. Yes, the team has looked sluggish lately but those games against the Rays could have gone either way. I’m going they’ll be back to their winning ways just knowing that Andy is back.

    Diane, there’s been a big push on Facebook to get Swisher to host SNL (they did the same thing for Betty White and it worked). Not sure he’s famous enough, but he would be great as host and in skits. Such an actor!

    Lucky you, ladyjane, getting to see Swisher on a regular basis from your seats in Swisherland. I was very glad for him when he got onto the All Star team. There are guys who take it for granted. Not Nick. He was there 100%. It’s hard to imagine him ever having a down day. Yes, the laughing lady is back!

    The Yankees have had their shares of duds, Jeff, and I thought Swisher would be one of them. But he turned out to be the opposite of Pavano (plus we didn’t have to pay him a fortune) because he actually wants to play!

  9. peggy3

    I’m posting this again (left it on the other post)…

    Hi Melissa, LadyJane & Yankeecase…

    It would be great to all meet before the game …would 6:15-6:30 work for everyone? We could meet by LadyJane’s seats since she is on the field level…why don’t we all meet in front of section 107. I’m not sure what I’ll be wearing that night but I’ll let you know ahead of time.

    Let me know if this works for everyone. I hope it all works

    Here’s to the Yankees clipping the birdies wings this weekend…

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  10. peggy3

    Hi Jane & Fellow Baseball Fans…

    When we got Swish I didn’t know too much about him so I read up on him and I loved what I read. His blog was great too with the way he reached out to his fans and I couldn’t wait to see him in action with the Yankees. I can’t help smiling whenever I see him …he has the effect because he is always smiling. The Bleacher Creatures LOVE him for good reason and he never fails to mention them in interviews. You can tell that he LOVES being a Yankee too. As much as I liked him last season I was very impressed how hard he worked to get better especially on his defense. Last year it was an adventure with him in right field …this year I have no he’ll make the plays. I’m hoping that Grandy works out with Long this year and comes back stronger and better next year ..he’s got the tools just has to use them properly…he’s made baby steps and I credit any player who is willing to ask for help no matter how big a star they may be. As John S. says ..he’s SWISHERLICIOUS !!!! Really …who else could you say something so ridiculous but it fits …..because he IS Swisherlicious…lol..!!!

    Becky …I’ll be there Sunday. I’ll have my Pettitte shirt on (maybe under my O’Neill away jersey). I’m in the upper box but I will try to look for you before I head up to my seats.
    I wrote down your section. Do you know what you will be wearing? Hopefully we can connect…

    Let’s Go Yankees !!!

  11. peggy3

    Jane …I just left her a message. I hope we can meet up. That’s what’s so cool about this blog …you feel like friends even before you ever meet…thanks to you Miss Jane.

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  12. Jane Heller

    Glad you saw my message about Becky, Peggy. We have our own little social networking site here, don’t we? LOL. So you wear a Pettitte shirt under an O’Neill jersey? That’s being a doubly good she-fan.

  13. ladyjane303

    Peggy, Melissa and Yankeecase (what’s you’re real name?)
    Section 107 sounds perferct – 6:30 is safest, as I’m never sure if I can get out of work to get there earlier. Looking forward to it.

  14. beckers46

    Hi!!! Yes, I would love to meet up with you, Sunday! I will be wearing my Pettitte t-shirt. Gotta represent Andy on his first game back. I have bright red hair, and I will have a purple purse. My little sister will be with me. She has dirty blonde curly hair and will be wearing her new Teixeira jersey. My best friend has red hair also. She’s still debating on her wardrobe, but I bet she’ll wear her Jeter tee. Just to be cute, I should bring a copy of Jane’s book and put a flower in it. Like in the movies. ;0) What section will you be in? We can come visit you too. Jane, I’m all about social networking. I once met up with a fellow diehard Pettitte fan at the Yankees Clubhouse store in NYC. Fingers crossed we cross paths on Sunday, Peggy! Thanks, Jane!!! Take care everyone! – Becky 😀

  15. peggy3

    LadyJane …

    I’ll definitely be there at 6:30 …I’ll have a big blue Yankee bag. I’ll wear my Jeter Jersey that night. Hopefully everyone else will be there too. Yes ..Yankeecase …what is your real name??? ..LOL.

    See you then …

    Go Yankees 2010 !!

  16. blithescribe

    I love Swish too! How can you not? He’s a great team player who continually shows how much he loves the game. And he seems like a good guy too between the locks of love and the other stuff everyone’s already mentioned. He’s definitely one of the players I root for…except when the Yankees are playing us, of course 😉

    Did anyone else see him on How I Met Your Mother last year? It’s a funny show pretty much any time, but that episode was an especially funny homage to throwing a perfect game and Swish’s cameo at the end was the icing on the cake.

  17. peggy3

    Hi Becky …

    I will definitely stop by your area …red hair should be easy to spot too … :o)…especially with a purple purse ..lol.

    I’m in Upper Box 324 ..Row 8…Seats 2-4. I’ll be with my cousin (the famous Met fan who usually brings the Yankees good luck when he goes to a game with me) and his 11 year old nephew (the smart Yankee fan…haha). Also should be with my daughter and her b/f but they are coming on Sunday (I’m going to the Saturday game too) and I don’t know if they will be there that early because they are always LATE for games and it drives me crazy. They are usually running to their seats just as the anthem ends. I like to be there at least half hour before a game.

    I will DEFINITELY find you on Sunday …that’s a promise. It’s always great meeting a Yankee fan ..especially a She-Fan.

    Go Yankees 2010 !!!

  18. Jane Heller

    Becky, glad you got Peggy’s response and you guys will meet up. I love your idea of “meeting cute” with a copy of my book. LOL. Very sweet.

    I did see Swish on How I Met Your Mother last year, blithescribe (love your screen name, btw). I thought he was perfect – didn’t overplay his cameo but was fun to watch.

  19. bgalaxy@verizon.net

    i couldn’t stand swisher in the beginning. i thought he was manic and would make team crazy as the season wore on. then he grew on me too. he genuinely seems like a good guy who feels so very happy and lucky to be a yankee. he is fun. we need his skill and his positive energy.
    i say we sweep this weekend. aj pitches a 2 hitter tonight and then i think it’s cc and andy.
    enjoy the game you yankee fans who are going!

  20. Jane Heller

    That was my first impression of him too, Barbara. Now I can’t stand when he’s not around. Yes, it would be nice to sweep – I can’t remember the last time we did – and you’ve got the rotation right for the weekend. I’d be very happy with AJ’s 2-hitter (or even a 2-runner) and it would be awesome if CC won #20, but the key will be Andy. Fingers crossed that he’s healthy and can pick up where he left off.

  21. pennylane_1976@yahoo.com

    There is something really beautiful about watching a person who acts like their dream has come true. Nick Swisher is that kind of person. He truly seems to love his life. He loves being a Yankee and appreciates what an honor it is to wear the pinstripes. I think that most Yankee fans can relate to Swish. Think about it: if you woke up tomorrow and found yourself the Yankees starting right fielder, wouldn’t you act JUST like Nick Swisher? I know that I would. That is why I love seeing his sm smile!
    His happiness and enthusiasm are infectious.

  22. Jane Heller

    Swisher does act like he’s living his dream, pennylane. So true. How many of us can say the same? He looks like he gets up every morning and says, “Hey, I’m a Yankee.” It’s very cool. Really hope he’s back in the lineup tomorrow night.

  23. Jane Heller

    I never thought Millar was funny or silly, Randy. He always struck me as a guy who would hog the camera every chance he got.

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