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Nick Swisher is really, really excited to be in Cleveland

Jan 4, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

Nick Swisher‘s introductory press conference in Cleveland yesterday lived up to the hype.

Zack Meisel of counted Swisher saying “excited” 16 times and as this video shows the 32-year-old outfielder literally couldn’t stop smiling and laughing:


I’d make some lame joke about how no one has ever been that excited to be in Cleveland for four years, but Swisher is from Ohio and … well, the $56 million probably helps too.

  1. El Bravo - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Looking forward to some bleacher seats games at The Cell this year.

    • dcfan4life - Jan 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Making a lot of money and being dubbed the best position player on your team before you played a game should make anyone smile. But wait until they start losing, with no quality pitches coming his way, and see how excited he is then.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    If I was making that kind of money I’d be all smiles too.

    • Old Gator - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      He looks like an outtake from the congressional scene from Wild in the Streets. Maybe someone put acid in the water cooler.

      • bigharold - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        Of course he looks like that, .. he is now keenly aware that after baseball neither he, his wife or kids will ever have to work again.

      • indaburg - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        He looks like Tom Cruise talking about Scientology.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      I wish Swish the best, I hope he has success.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Great journalistic piece, how about bringing up how Nick Swisher and Terry Francona coming to Cleveland this offseason helps shore up recruiting for the next 5 years, not to mention that $240 Million Fox Sports Ohio paid the Dolans so they can afford to give one player over $70 Million for 5 years, (Assuming that 5th year does pick up, based on plate appearances in 2016).

    It’s good for baseball that players come to markets like Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Cincinnati, because it also means that bigger markets like New York, Los Angeles, Boston has some competition for these players.

    This is the most excitement the Indians have had in their offseason since the 1990’s when they were winning division titles, and Cleveland surely was a place to play, and visit, what with the economic growth they had back then.

    So no jokes, just give them credit that they did well.

    • wintwins - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      This was a blurb on an amusing press conference, but you’re upset that he made a joke and didn’t write a few thousand words on Cleveland’s offseason?

      So essentially you’re complaining that he didn’t write the article you wanted?

      I think you might be in the wrong place.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      You really think Swisher and Francona will get other players to come to Cleveland? Get real. Players go where the money and contract years are best. Bottom line is Cleveland wont get anybody unless they pay them and Swisher and Francona have nothing to do with that.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Yes they will, you want to know why? Because the Indians offered Nick a boatload of money to come here, it can happen next season, and the next season, and so forth. Not to mention if the teams wins a few more games, then perhaps that intrigues some of the players that want to win. You want to doubt this? The Indians not only brought in the most high profile manager in the game, but NOW they brought in a high price free agent to back it up.

        Here’s another thing, Nick credited Terry as someone with instant credibility as to why he came back home. Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure when the 2012 season ended, nobody had Francona managing the Indians in 2013, and nobody had Swisher sign with them.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        Swisher went there because the Indians offered him $56 million that nobody else was offering him. And you stated my exact point: if they pay people they will come and that’s the only way. And we all know the Indians don’t pay many people. Players want to win but very few of them will take a pay cut to do so.

      • paperlions - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Holy cow. The Indians new TV deal will make them exactly $7M more in 2013 than their old deal made them in 2012. Part of that (maybe $1M or so) will be offset by getting less money via revenue sharing. The Indians don’t have the money to sign top FAs year after year.

        They lost 94 games last year with a -178 run differential (only Houston was worse). They added Swisher, Stubbs, Bauer, Reynolds, and Myers and lost Choo. Even in the horrible AL Central, they look like they’ll be lucky to finish .500.

    • jweave26 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      Actually Fox paid 400 million over 10 years…. So the Indians should be spending now

  4. urfinished - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Not as excited as Yankee fans to have another choker out of the lineup.

    • danrizzle - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Consistent 3-4 WAR production is worth something regardless of playoff outcomes. This Yankee fan was sad to see him go.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        The Yanks could use a strong defender with consistent production with RH power, only wish the team had one of those….

        FML should have re-signed Swish.

      • anxovies - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Me too. We wouldn’t have won 95 games without him. And I remember some timely hits and fielding plays in those 95 games.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      The entire Yankees team choked in the playoffs, yet A-Rod and Swish gets the blame, why is that? How about Cano? he sure failed in the playoffs.

      • yankeesgameday - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Don’t worry, cano is now primary target #1 for every Yankee fan. It is his team now and without Jeter, Arod or Swish to take the focus of the press on a daily basis Cano will be in the cross hairs all year long. And I predict he withers under the scrutiny and pressure, which will have him packing his bags for the $200 million contract Magic Johnson and the Dodgers throw at him come November.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        yeah and we remember how bothered he was that he was booed in Kansas City at the All-Star game for not selecting Billy Butler to take part in the Home Run hitting contest. So I guess we can say let the games begin.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Wait a minute…. A Yankees fan ripping the Dodgers for potentially spending money recklessly?

        Now I’ve seen it all.

      • yankeesgameday - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        I’m confused about how you think I was ripping the Dodgers when I was ripping Cano. He won’t be staying in NY, so substitute another team willing to pay Cano’s price and my point holds. He’ll face the brunt of criticism this year and bolt for a new start.

      • ezthinking - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        and only a douche would rip a teams best player – a player their season rest most squarely upon – before the season starts. yankeesgameday, and Kevin Gillman, and that other ______ny dude is, don’t you realize you personify what and why people hate Yankees’ fans? If not, I don’t have the time to explain it to you.

      • Kevin Gillman - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        Actually, I am not a Yankees fan, so I am not sure why you put me in that category, but whatever. I am an Indians fan, and am actually excited that Nick is coming to Cleveland. I also was asking why people seem to rip Nick and his postseason shortcomings, along with A-Rod, but does not rip anyone else on the Yankees, since, you know it was a collective failure by the entire TEAM. But that’s okay, because someone else will get ripped when they fail to make it past the ALCS again, if that happens. It’s just the power of the media, I guess. Someone always has to get the blame.

      • yankeesgameday - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Ezthinking, i’ll explain it to you, in comic book terms since that’s probably how you view whatever team you root for: with great talent comes great paychecks and great responsbility. That means if your team’s best player loafs and sulks and doesn’t seem to care half the year, then hell yes we can rip him.

        That doesn’t make Yankee fans bad fans. It makes us aware. It means we hold players as accountable in their jobs as we would be held in our own. We just aren’t myopic and we will call it like we see it.

        And I say now that jeter, arod and swish won’t be there to take the heat in the.clubhouse then it will fall to the best player on the field to take the brunt of the fans and the press if he slacks off this year. And I have a feeling that he’ll do exactly that. Excuse the heck out of me for having an opinion on this team that isn’t all ignorant rah-rah blather.

      • ezthinking - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Yank – acting like you’re better and smarter and then lumping all of your fan base together is what make the dickhead Yankee fan movement run. My dad’s a Yankee fan; acts about the same way.

        You’re ready to rip Cano, so you will when he goes 0-4 in April in a game they win anyway. It doesn’t make you a better or smarter fan, it makes you a sad, bitter person. Most of the pundits are projecting the Yanks to be 3 or 4 this in the East. Hard to say where you’re getting the rah-rah stuff. I think they’ll end up 1st in the East. That and a quarter will get you a quarter.

        Re-evaluate your fandom and see if you can’t enjoy the game rather than being ready to kill your team and players before pitchers and catchers report.

      • yankeesgameday - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        Have your dad post around here then instead of you. We need to raise the level of discourse and i’ll take him out for a beer while you hide under mommy’s skirts at Citi Field.

    • bigharold - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Playoffs aside Swisher did a great job for the Yankees. Defensively, he’s better than he’s given credit for, .. during the season his production was great and he’s a great clubhouse guy. And, considering the Yankees traded Wilson Bedemit for him it was like stealing. Clearly one of Cashman’s better deals.

      He’ll be missed, .. at least by this Yankee fan.

      • lazlosother - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        Here here.

  5. bennoj - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Did he punch himself in the face 16 times as he said that? Ichiro would have.

  6. uyf1950 - Jan 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    By my calculation that’s $3.5MM per each “excited” (16 excited’s for a $56MM guaranteed payday). If you count the option year of $14MM it’s $4.375MM per each “excited”. Who wouldn’t be excited to be in Cleveland.

  7. aceshigh11 - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM


  8. albertmn - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Now he is even richer than he was. And, have you seen his wife? I’d be pretty excited if I were him, too!

  9. flosox - Jan 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Still not as excited as Tebow

    • bigharold - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Tebow is signing with the Indians?

  10. cackalackyank - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Said it before, and I’ll say it again…the NYY should have traded Granderson for prospects and kept Swisher.

  11. djpostl - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    His well chronicled playoff struggles aside, dude will be a fan favorite. He comes to work, does it with a smile on his face and puts up solid numbers (pre-October).

    I don’t think anyone expects the Indians to make a serious run at a playoff spot, this year anyways, so Indians fans can at the very least enjoy one of the best “goofballs” in the league for a while.

  12. ctony1216 - Jan 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I’ll miss Swish in the Bronx. I’m happy for him and for the Tribe — they’re getting a good player and a good guy. Yankees fans owe Swish a roll call when he comes to the Stadium, like they did for Damon in 2012.

  13. jckid21 - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Cleveland doesn’t have to worry about Swisher choking he only does that in the postseason.

  14. westcoastredbird - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Dude visit the flats. If it wasn’t for the R&R Hall of Fame this city would be totally dead. At least you can make mega jack and can be on the down low and nobody will care.

  15. jweave26 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Actually the Indians got 400 million over 10 years… So the Indians should be spending more now

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