During the 7 p.m. SportsCenter — airing unfortunately at the same time as tonight’s Yankees/Rays game — Nick Swisher will take center stage. The Worldwide Leader plans to profile the Yanks’ Swisher success story in an E:60 piece. He arrived at the Yankees as an insurance policy and has emerged as one of the team’s great offensive threats at the plate. Yet, the segment will delve into more than just his on-field play. Says the press release, “Into a clubhouse that was known for its seriousness, Swisher injected some much needed joie de vivre. His relentless energy and enthusiasm initially encountered some resistance in the business-like atmosphere in the Bronx–but eventually his teammates were won over by his attitude and performance. With Swisher, the Yankees won the World Series for the first time in nine years and, for the first time since perhaps long before then, they’ve been having fun.” I bet there will be pie.
In other Swisher news, as part of the piece I wrote last week tracing the evolution of the Swisher trade from Hideki Irabu to the present, I mocked up a flow chart of this convoluted series of transactions. I still have some work left to be done, but the initial draft is ready for public consumption. It’s here on flickr with a large version available as well.