Yankees Star Nick Swisher Hits a Home Run for Kids

yankees nick swisherNew York Yankees player Nick Swisher sounds like a real stand-up guy. So, it's no wonder he has so many loyal  fans (can you say 1,358,447 followers on Twitter, wow!). I'm not sure how many of them are kids, but the switch hitter is sure to have even more youngsters -- and adults! -- looking up to him now. See, just this week, he put out a music album for kids called Believe, which includes songs like a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes," "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (which is for Swisher's hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia), and "Hang On Sloopy" (which is a staple at football games at Swisher's alma mater, Ohio State). And get this -- Swish himself just tweeted that the album became the #3 best-selling kids' album on iTunes! Whoo, awesome!

Making this news and compilation more adorable: He did it in the name of charity.

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Cue a collective "Aaaaaawwwwww!" Specifically, part of the proceeds go to Swish's Wishes, the ball player's foundation for children with health issues. Eep. I don't know about you, but my heart just melted -- a lot.

I love seeing baseball players, or any pro athletes, use their fame for a good cause, and it's even cooler when they show their talent in another department! And what's even cooler is that Swish collaborated with other athletes to make Believe happen. Yup -- former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito both played guitar on the album, and the 13-year-old granddaughter of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was included in the group of children who were backup vocalists on each song. So cool!!

Wow, it almost didn't seem possible that Swisher could have possibly endeared himself to fans more than he already had. But the answer is clear. He totally just did!

Would you check out Believe?

 

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