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Swisher’s new home field

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Good stuff for Nick Swisher, who donated $500,000 to the Ohio State baseball program and had the baseball field named in his honor. The dedication was yesterday.

“The word honor comes to mind,” Swisher said. “I never would have thought I would have been at Ohio State. When I came here, I experienced that passion, pride and tradition that Ohio State has. I think everyone on the team experiences that every single day. It’s been an amazing thing.”

You’ve probably noticed that Swisher’s a pretty passionate guy. He talks up Ohio State quite a bit in the clubhouse, and one can only imagine how excited he was to see that Nick Swisher Field sign for the first time.

Photo from Swisher’s Twitter feed

 
 

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61 Responses to “Swisher’s new home field”

  1. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Very cool. :)

  2. Dionysius Thelxinoe November 4th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    repost

    First Bob Forsch, now -

    R. I. P. Matty Alou, age 72.

    Interesting career, GB may remember him. He was a Giants prospect with year after year of unfulfilled promise, and was finally traded to the Pirates after a miserable .231 season in 117 games. It was there he met up with Harry Walker, the Pirates hitting coach, who convinced him to stop trying to square up on every fastball, and instead try hitting the ball down on the ground and using his speed. The results were immediate, a .342 BA and a batting title. He ended his career with a lifetime .307.

    Brett, you getting this?

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    repost:

    Drive by to bring more happiness to my compadres.

    Just call me the messenger of the gift that keeps on giving!

    1. The newly-fired Sux strength and conditioning coach had a lot to say this morning on WEEI. Guess there were guys who just weren’t into the conditioning program. He also felt the team wasn’t playing hard and mentioned one Yankee game in particular! Also felt his hands were tied in that all he could do is recommend to the players and report to those above him.

    Here’s a link to highlights of his interview:

    http://www.weei.com/sports/bos…..fell-track

    2. Curt Schilling said that unless they get a guy in the clubhouse – someone new that is – who is going to be willing to stand up to some of the prima donnas (and he mentioned for example telling Manny to get his ass out and play when Manny said he didn’t feel like playing) the club was going to remain the same as it is now. Pathetic (my word – he didn’t use any word in particular.) :)

    *****************

    On a totally unrelated matter ;) can anyone guess which team in the majors had the lowest number of quality starts this season????

    :D

    Maybe when Betsy comes back around with her undying adulation for the Sux rotation, someone should remind her that it’s important to actually look at the stats and watch the pitchers in question and not just drink the ESPN kool aid – that is if you want to be afforded any degree of credibility in your assessments!

  4. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    MTU-that does look like a spectacular hike! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Joe from Long Island November 4th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    trish – hi. just doing some work in my office – preparing a powerpoint lecture – and checking in now and then. saw you opining on your “favorite” team, and it brought a smile to me.

    Later.

  6. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Ohio State has a baseball team?

  7. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Erin!
    Reading some Colt stuff this morning and crapping myself out. Manning has not progressed
    and now this injury could be career threatening. Football without Manning is like mlb playoffs
    without the Yankees. Non existent.

  8. austinmac November 4th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Sorry to read about Bob Forsch. I saw his brother pitch a no-hitter at the Dome.

  9. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    YankeesPR Let’s play find the Yankees… @MLB All-Stars pose for a team photo in Taiwan … http://pic.twitter.com/0h02WTXF

  10. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Hi SoS!

    I’m trying to stay away from Colts articles-way too depressing. I did see one yesterday with Peyton’s comments, saying he hopes he can practice in December. I do too Peyton. I do too. ;)

  11. Triple Short of a Cycle November 4th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I?m trying to stay away from Colts articles-way too depressing. I did see one yesterday with Peyton?s comments, saying he hopes he can practice in December. I do too Peyton. I do too.

    ————————————————————–

    Just make sure you suck just enough for Luck

  12. m November 4th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Very cool.

    My only complaint is that Nick is so Hollywood now, he paid Shane Victorino to stand in for him in this picture. ;)

  13. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Triple- I know. Although I still can’t bring myself to root for them to lose. Very strange season for Colts fans. As SoS can attest to. ;)

  14. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Yankee Minor League Free Agents.

    New York Yankees (21)
    RHP: Francisco Castillo (Hi A), Noel Castillo (Hi A), Grant Duff (AA), Logan Kensing (AAA), Jeff Marquez (AA), Kelvin Perez (Lo A), Mark Prior (AAA), Josh Schmidt (AA), Kanekoa Texeira (AA), Eric Wordekemper (AAA)
    LHP: Wilkins Arias (AA), Steve Garrison (AA), Brad Halsey (AA), Kei Igawa (AA), Jose Quintana (Hi A), Josh Romanski (Hi A)
    C: P.J. Pilittere (AAA)
    1B: Mike Lamb (AAA)
    SS: Doug Bernier (AAA), Luis Nunez (AAA)
    OF: Jordan Parraz (AAA)

    Complete list of all minor league Free Agents.

    I think NYYs are making a mistake on letting Josh Romanski and Luis Nunez go.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....ents-2011/

  15. Triple Short of a Cycle November 4th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Erin,

    Could you root for them to lose the last game of the season if it meant getting Luck?

  16. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Add to Jose Quintana as mistakes Yanks are making.

  17. Deal With It November 4th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Nice gesture NS. So does anyone know if there was a band or a party ? A big lighted sign on the front of the stadium ? An on campus candy bar named after him ? For $ 500,000 you would think you would get more than just his name on the wall.

  18. Red Robin November 4th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Chad,

    Was Jeter at the Ohio State dedication yesterday, too ?

  19. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Triple- yeah, that I think I could manage.

  20. Joe from Long Island November 4th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    GB – i thought i saw an item that parraz signed with atlanta(?)

  21. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Joe In LI, I saw that, too. He did pretty well for Scranton and NYYs are pretty thin in upper level outfielders. Somewhat surprising, too.

  22. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I have no problem rooting for them to lose knowing the playoffs was a foregone conclusion
    awhile ago. But Im just rooting for draft picks and Coaches head. Not for Luck specifically.
    Being a Colts fan since Mannings been here. Its not like Luck will be the next Manning. Spoiled is an understatement. Have to admit its been the worst football season of my life. Not since Marino went out with a achillis has it been this bad.

  23. Warning Track Power November 4th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    So Swisher had to pay 1/2 a rock to get his name on the outfield fence.
    America! What a greedy country!

  24. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Yesterday, somebody asked about what takes place when interviewing managers for a job. Not sure about other clubs, but, this may give you an idea. This is part of the Cubs process.
    From MLB-Rumors-R-Us

    •Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune takes his readers inside the Cubs’ somewhat unconventional interview process. Candidates make simulated decisions from taped games after being presented with relevant information such as lineup cards, stats and bullpen usage reports.

  25. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Did Swisher know that a banner on the outfield fence would have cost 499k less? It would have
    included a logo as well.

  26. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:14 pm
    I have no problem rooting for them to lose knowing the playoffs was a foregone conclusion
    awhile ago. But Im just rooting for draft picks and Coaches head

    ***************************

    SoS, a friend of mine told me a couple weeks ago that Peyton should just take over coaching for the rest of the year-he’d probaby do a better job than Caldwell. ;)

  27. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Why do people get upset when an athlete donates his own money to charity or to rebuid a ballpark or something that is none of their concern? Hell, it’s not your money and certainly isn’t costing you a penny.

  28. Warning Track Power November 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Why do people get upset when an athlete donates his own money to charity or to rebuid a ballpark or something that is none of their concern? Hell, it’s not your money and certainly isn’t costing you a penny.
    **********************************************************************
    #1-A major university like Ohio State should have more than enough funds to rebuild their own ballpark. Where is all the money going? Are the football players not kicking up enough $$ from their job watching the grass grow or turning on/off the lights in the hallway?

  29. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Erin,
    This is the first year Manning stopped coaching and what a difference it is. He would make an
    awesome head coach. Imagine him giving the ref a nah nah nah nah nah sign(thumb in ear
    with fingers up). He would get a flag and defend it by saying it was an audible to his team.

    GB7,
    Do you know how many peanut m n m’s I could buy with $500k? 1 million of them!!

  30. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    They should have had Terrelle Pryer fit the bill and did the maintenance to it on his off days.

  31. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Yankees Yankees partnering with New York Cares for winter coat drive on Wednesday from 8:30 am – 3 pm at Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.

  32. Deal With It November 4th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Did Swisher know that a banner on the outfield fence would have cost 499k less? It would have
    included a logo as well.

    ———-

    Absolutely perfect.

  33. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    SoS, if you tried to eat 1,000,000 bags of peanut M&M’s, you’d be out in the yard dropping loads all over the place. it would be worse than “Killer” after he eats a pizza….only more painful.

  34. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    SoS, if you tried to eat 1,000,000 bags of peanut M&M?s, you?d be out in the yard dropping loads all over the place. it would be worse than ?Killer? after he eats a pizza?.only more painful.

    ******************

    :lol:

    thanks so much for that image GB

  35. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Sorry, Erin.

    ssssssssssssssssssssssss

  36. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    Sorry, Erin.

    ssssssssssssssssssssssss

    *****************

    Still not funny. :x

  37. Deal With It November 4th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    #1-A major university like Ohio State should have more than enough funds to rebuild their own ballpark. Where is all the money going? Are the football players not kicking up enough $$ from their job watching the grass grow or turning on/off the lights in the hallway?

    ———-

    Just off of their football bowl game revenue every single year.

  38. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    GB,
    I dont think your dog is making a mess in the yard because hes eating Pizza. I think hes trying
    to send a message to you. Just like the movie Nacho (when someone is tired of the beans and says they have had diarrheas since Easters). Killer is sick of the same thing different day. He would rather have peanut butter than Pizza already!!

    As far as my painful encounter with peanut m n m’s. Impossible!! My body is immune to it.

  39. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Quite a lot of ex-Yankee farmhands and players like Nick Johnson and Juan Miranda were cut loose as minor league free agents today. Nearly 550 in all. Preston Mattingly, John Maine, Brandon Wood and Eric Duncan are among them.

  40. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Another reason why the NHL referees should be the highest paid in sports.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/bl.....hl-wp16631

  41. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    “Killer” has peanut butter and blacjberry jelly on yoast for breakfast….as long as he doesn’t hang arounf the steps. I treat “Killer” like a king among dogs.

  42. Against All Odds November 4th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    If the Colts end up with the top pick they have to take Luck.

  43. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    At least I didn’t rattle this time, Erin.

  44. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    ***blackberry jelly on toast***

  45. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Wasnt Brandon Wood a cant miss prospect for the Halos?

    Remember when Eric Duncan was the best prospect we had in the minors and all we
    kept hearing is the Yankees dont have enough in the farm system to make that trade. Boy
    how times have changed. Wish it would have worked out for ED.

  46. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    At least I didn?t rattle this time, Erin

    ****************

    True

  47. Warning Track Power November 4th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    SOS-
    Good point. Just goes to show “prospects” are a long shot.
    I’m glad ED did not work out because the Yankees have AROD over there at
    3rd. He’s not bad, HAHA!!!

  48. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    GB7,
    peanut butter blackberry jelley and toast? What is wrong with you people in GA? Everyone
    knows it grape jelley that goes with peanut butter. Next your going to tell me its like brown
    on rice. Poor killer.

  49. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Interesting little note on the Trenton Thunder. Since they became a part of the yankees, every starting pitcher on opening day has left the Yankee System including 2011 (Steve Garrison)

  50. Erin November 4th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    OK, I’m out. Have to stop at the grocery store on my way home-my Junior Mint supply is disturbingly low.

    Have a good weekend everyone :)

    YankeesPR Yankees & NY Cares winter coat drive Wed 11/9 8:30a-3:00p at Hard Rock Cafe Times Sq. FIrst 1,250 donors get free pair tix for Army-Rutgers!

  51. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Eric Duncan had a lot of promise…but, he also had a bad back. Not good for a hitter or corner infielder.

  52. SoS November 4th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Against All Odds,
    Its scares me to hearabout this CANT MISS QB stuff. The next Elway.What makes us so sure that he wont be the next Leaf or that loser that Oakland had? Maybe trade the pick and get a Barkley in the later rounds. Less pressure and still capable.

  53. Against All Odds November 4th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    True there is a lot if hype and we always hear about can’t miss guys that don’t work out but seem to forget the can’t miss guys that do. Sure he could bomb but every team with a chance to draft him would take him because his talent is off the charts.

    Can you imagine if they trade the pick he becomes a star and the QB they keep doesn’t work out.

  54. Red Robin November 4th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Is today Guy Fawkes Day ?

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Joe from LI – and that it brought a smile to your face brought a smile to mine! Some peoples’ smiles mean more than others – if you know what I mean. You’re just one of those people for me!

    :)

    ***********************

    Now, now, one should never say never with respect to anything but the Sux. Certainly not with respect to the Colts. Also one of my favorite teams – and I don’t follow baseball, but Peyton Manning was my chosen QB last year when I played fantasy football as a favor to someone who needed owners in his league! He led me to a championship! (Beginner’s luck is such a hoot, though I will say I certainly did due diligence to try to look at as many “expert opinions” on a weekly basis in oder to know who to play, who to drop, etc. They screwed me quite a few times, though, especiallty with respect to Mario Manningham. Sometime you just have to go with your gut!)

    Here’s an example. Manningham had a few extraordinary games in a row and it occurred to me that the competition would be covering him mightily. Despite that the experts said to play him. I did. The competition covered him mightily. Another time he was playing against a team with mediocre defense. But the competition had recently covered him mightily. The experts said to sit him. I think I might have gone with my gut on that one and ignored the experts. He had a great game!

    Anyway, no more fantasy football for me and I admit I don’t follow the game or teams enough to care, but I do know that the only time you save never with total conviction is when it concerns the Sux.

    :)

    GO COLTS!!!!!

  56. 108 stitches November 4th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    SoS November 4th, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    Another reason why the NHL referees should be the highest paid in sports.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/bl…..hl-wp16631

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Probably the hardest working of all game officials in any sport. The players make constant line changes but the hockey officials are skating up and down the ice for the entire game not knowing when they’ll collide with a player that does a sudden shift.

  57. MTU November 4th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    New thread —>

  58. ron November 4th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    The orioles were dead last in era,whip & gave up the most hits in all of baseball.

    That didn’t stop a certain someone from pouring kool-aid for everyone to drink.

    Mine is still in the glass.
    I think it turned to wine.

  59. ron November 4th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    Peyton manning plays football,not baseball.

    “Now, now, one should never say never with respect to anything but the Sux. Certainly not with respect to the Colts. Also one of my favorite teams – and I don’t follow baseball, but Peyton Manning was my chosen QB last year”.

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Sorry, I meant football – not that you could have figured it out yourself, of course!

    :)

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    “The orioles were dead last in era,whip & gave up the most hits in all of baseball.

    That didn’t stop a certain someone from pouring kool-aid for everyone to drink.

    Mine is still in the glass.
    I think it turned to wine.”

    Only the most blind poster couldn’t have seen for her or himself that the Orioles came on like wildfire in September. And if you couldn’t drink reality, you would have been parched beyond belief, ron. Are you a human camel?


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