Weary of seeing her husband mope around the house the day after the Indians Wild Card loss that abruptly ended the Tribe’s exciting late postseason push, JoAnna Swisher suggested her and husband Nick Swisher go for a walk near their Westlake home to help clear his mind.
But it wasn’t the expected peace and quiet of the couple’s walk that did the trick. Instead, what cheered up Swisher were the 15 to 20 fans that approached the couple as they strolled around the popular Crocker Park area.
“I was really down,” admitted Swisher, who hit .246 with 27 doubles, 22 home runs and 63 RBI in his first season with the Indians. “We’d worked so hard to get to that game. I was really bummed out…Then these people come up to me and said, ‘Hey, thank you so much for an amazing season because there are going to be so many great things to come.’
“Last year wasn’t even about me. It was about the resurrection of the organization...If you won a World Series around here, you know how amazing it would be? This place would go crazy. So, that’s the goal.”
With his wife sitting in the back of the media room listening intently, Swisher told the story Saturday at Tribe Fest, held in the bowels of Progressive Field this weekend.