Indians players Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles were talking Friday when the subject of Mother’s Day came up: what to do to make it special this year?
By the next day, Swisher had cooked up a plan for a little outside-the-box treat for the upcoming holiday. So before reporting to Tropicana Field for Saturday’s game, Swisher stopped at a CVS store and shelled out $50 for necessary materials for the project: scissors, colored construction paper, glue, crayons and the final thing to make it really shine: colored glitter.
“I started making my cards and next thing you know, guys are like, ‘Oh Swish, that’s a great idea!’” he said.
And before he knew it, a handful of his teammates joined him at table in the corner of the visitor’s clubhouse, sharing glue and glitter while making large pick cards for their mothers and/or wives.
“I walked in and saw everybody doing it and just joined in,” outfielder Nyjer Morgan said. “I figured, ‘why not? I’ll make my wife one from me.’”
Afterwards, the cards sat in the bottom of the player’s lockers to allow the glue to dry and glitter to harden on them.
“I didn’t know of guys had forgot about it or what, so I just grabbed a bunch (of supplies) in case. All my (shopping for wife JoAnna Garcia Swisher) was done, all I had left to do was get a card. Then I thought to myself, ‘why not just make one? It means so much more.’ It’s my wife’s first Mother’s Day and I wanted to make it special for her.”