New York Yankees Nick Swisher Gives B/R Exclusive: Baseball in Movember
The 2010 baseball season may be over, but for major leaguers like New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher, the work never stops.
I had a chance to sit down with Nick at the Art of Shaving Shop and Barber Spa in Glendale, California, where he was getting a clean shave to promote Movember, a month-long moustache-growing event to raise awareness and money for men's health charities.
We talked baseball, shaving, and the best moustaches in the game. Read on to see what Swish had to say.
Shaving and Movember
Nick, first off, how was your shave?
Aaah, absolutely amazing! I’ve gotten the full royal shave, man. I couldn’t be happier. I feel smooth.
How would you rate the performance of the folks here at the Art of Shaving?
10! 10 out of 10. No doubt.
Very nice. So, for those who don’t know, what is Movember?
I just got the gist of it when we got here. It started out as four guys just sittin’ around, you know, figuring out a way of something they could do to help, and for myself, to be a part of this, to be the best team leader I can, to help raise prostate cancer awareness. All people need to do is show up to movember.com. All the proceeds and all the money donated goes to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. They’re both great causes and I couldn’t be more happy to representing.
Very cool. How did you get involved personally with this whole cause?
You know, I mean, obviously, cancer has dealt with my family in a lot of different ways, and for me to do my best to try and help as many people join the united front to help fight this horrible disease. The more you do, the better, and the great thing about charity work is that you don’t have to be a name, you don’t have to be anything. All you have to do is show up and put the time in, and for me to get this opportunity to help fight the worst disease ever, I could not be happier.
What to Grow?
What are your expectations for your moustache at this point? Do you have any ideas as far as what kind you want to grow?
Yeah, I think it’s going to go more along the lines of a fu Manchu-ish. I think that’s where it’s going to go. I’m going to take it back to West Virginia. You know, I’m going to take the roots back. So I think I’m going to do that, be creative, and just have an absolute blast with it.
Pretty bold. Do you think the Yankees would ever let you grow a fu Manchu during the season?
We’ve got our rules, you know. Nothing below the crease of the smile, but Nick Johnson for us had a pretty good ‘stache rockin’ for a little bit, but I don’t know. You never know. It’s the first time I’ve ever grown a ‘stache, so it might look good. You never know.
It should be an adventure.
Got to enjoy the ride.
The Best Moustaches in Baseball
Now, who would you say has the best moustache in baseball right now, if you had to pick?
If it’s right now, I’m going to have to say [Minnesota Twins pitcher] Carl Pavano. He’s the first one that pops into my mind. But I think that if you go back in time, when the ‘staches were really in, you know, the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, ‘80’s. I mean, you can definitely throw Goose Gossage up there, Rollie Fingers has to be up there, but if you need to check it out, go to movember.com. They’ve got all the moustache styles on there, so if you’re lost, you’ll definitely find what you need to grow.
Thoughts on the World Series
Now, getting into baseball a little bit more, did you watch the World Series?
I watched a little bit of it.
What were your impressions of it?
I was a little upset that we weren’t there, but, you know, that happens. We ran into Texas, who was extremely hot at the time, and they were extremely deserving to be there, but I think the way the Giants played, the way they pitched all series' was fun to watch. I could not be happier for those guys, but that brings that fire back, to make you want to train your butt off so you can be there next year as well.
Yankees and the Offseason
What are your goals for the offseason?
Well, you know, I’m just going to relax a little bit, spend some time with my fiancée before we get married, and just really really enjoy my time. I think the season is so long and you go so hard every day, and for me just to kick back and relax for the month of November, really relax, get that month of December to start my training, and hopefully pick up where I left off.
Sounds like a good plan. Are there any particular areas that you’d like to see the Yankees address in free agency?
I think these guys know what they’re doing. I’m along for the ride.
They brought you in, right?
I could not be happier for the opportunity. New York is the best city in the world to play in, and I feel that I’ve met a lot of amazing people there, and I’m just really really enjoying every second of it.
Nick Swisher: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
What’s going on with Swish’s Wishes? Anything new coming up?
We’ve got some stuff in the works coming out, but right now, this is our thing right here. The Art of Shaving in Movember, it’s an amazing cause, and for myself to be a part of this and hopefully gaining some Mo’bros and Mo’sisters throughout the ride, I couldn’t be happier. I think that, as a professional athlete, you get put on a pedestal, and, for myself, the way I was raised; it’s always about giving back. For me, if I can help raise awareness in any category of anything, I could not be happier for the opportunity. I’m just really really excited to see how this thing turns out.
Are you getting any of your teammates involved in this?
I don’t know. I might have to call some guys up and see what they’re working with this offseason, so it should be interesting.