Nick Swisher Spreads Smiles, Talks Yanks in Visit to Albany
All of that energy, passion and positivity you remember from Nick Swisher's playing days were on full display Thursday in Albany. The former Yankees outfielder and now special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman visited the Center for Disability Services as part of an annual fundraiser that has, in the past, drawn the likes of Bernie Williams, Dwight Gooden, Lou Piniella and Goose Gossage.
Swisher's effervescent attitude is infectious and he spread smiles around to the students and residents at the Center. This isn't a show where the curtain rises with every public appearance and then comes to a crashing halt behind closed doors. Swisher says his understanding of his fortunes in life is what allows him to always be upbeat; an opposite approach to how many people currently choose to live their lives.
At 37 years old, Swisher calls himself a "dinosaur" in the world of baseball, but also sees his experience and knowledge as his biggest assets when working with the Baby Bombers as this young crop of Yankees players has become affectionately known. Even Swisher admits that no one may have enjoyed their time as a Yankees player more than he did and he's passing that down to minor leaguers as far down as rookie ball.
There are serious, daily struggles for the people helped by the Center, but what better person than Nick Swisher to make today a good day for many of them and to create the types of memories that will continue to bring smiles.