Nick Swisher, the anti-Charles Barkley
In the Pro's Questionnaire, our favorite sports figures take our abridged version of the most famous personality test, the Proust Questionnaire. New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher is up next. The 2010 All-Star and newlywed talks about his mother-in-law's picadillos, his evolving wardrobe and the importance of being a role model.
Your main fault:
Nick Swisher: I like video games. That's kind of my guilty pleasure. I'd say that, for sure.
Your idea of happiness:
NS: What I'm doing right now. I'm right where I need to be.
Your idea of misery:
NS: I'm going to say this in a politically correct way. What's my idea of misery? Being stuck in a job that you don't like. That would be misery for me.
If not yourself, who would you want to be?
NS: I'd want to be Babe Ruth. I think my personality could have matched up with that and that guy had such tremendous talent. He was one of the main reasons why baseball got to be what it was and I think that just would have been an absolute blast, living in the time frame he did and doing what he did. I would have enjoyed that.
Your favorite food:
NS: My mother-in-law's picadillos. It's a Cuban dish (made of seasoned ground meat and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers and onions) and it's absolutely stunning. If I'm going to my death, going to the chair, I'm going to have picadillos as my last meal, for sure.
Your favorite drink:
NS: I'm kind of a G2 guy. I'm a bottled water, G2 guy, but I do love Dr. Pepper.
Hero/heroine you admire most:
NS: My father and my grandmother, for sure. They taught me so many things about this world and this life and how you have to go about it to be successful. I've tried to follow their book and things worked out for me.
What you hate most:
NS: Bad drivers. I hate bad drivers. You know how when you're in the left hand lane and you're turning and there's no arrow and the person doesn't move forward into the crossway, so then the light turns yellow and just one turns instead of two or three? I hate that. I hate bad drivers.
The natural talent you'd like to be gifted with:
NS: I wish I was more musically talented. I wish I could play the piano, guitar, things like that. I've been lucky and blessed to play this game. I started painting this offseason trying to find things that would just be fun to get away from the game. I definitely would love to do something musical. I'm taking my guitar lessons but it's just not coming as quick as I want it.
Your greatest fear:
NS: The dark. I'm scared of the dark. The only reason why is because I can't see. I'm not scared if I can see. It's like being in the ocean. If I'm in the ocean and I can see my feet? No problem. But if I'm in the ocean in that murky water and I can't see my feet, that scares me. I guess I'm scared of the dark and a little bit nervous about going in some murky waters.
Your greatest extravagance:
NS: My style of clothes has changed over the years. I don't wear that sparkly Ed Hardy and Affliction stuff anymore. Single tees, smooth jeans and some kicks. I like shoes. I've got a lot of tennis shoes. I'm trying to work my way up in the world and get some better sneaks here and there. I'm a big fan of YSL and Lanvin. My wife has taught me some style. I have one pair of YSLs.
Your present state of mind:
NS: I'm blessed. I've been so fortunate to come over here and it's been almost a resurrection of my career. Coming here to New York and meeting professionals every day and learning things on and off the field. Back in the day, I was a little crazy and I partied a little too much. Now I've started to make a name for myself. I'm married now. I want to be known as one of the good guys that kids look up to. Charles Barkley doesn't want to be a role model, but I do. I try to go out and do the right things all the time and set a good example because I know once we start having children, I want to be their biggest role model. I've learned a lot of great things from my family and I think it starts with the family. I couldn't be more happy and enjoying my time.