Jim Tressel's Last Great Recruiting Victory was Nick Swisher

By Vico on July 1, 2013 at 7:07p

Nick Swisher, in a James Laurinaitis' jersey, is Harlem Shaking.

This story is somewhat common knowledge, though Bill Livingston provided a comprehensive recount of how instrumental the former Ohio State football coach was in, truly, "recruiting" Nick Swisher to the Cleveland Indians. The point here isn't to divide the Ohio State fan base among Indians/Reds lines, but to underscore how closely this process (for Cleveland Indians fans) mirrored a standard recruitment of a 5-star college football prospect for Ohio State.

Even current Ohio State football coach, Urban Meyer (of Ashtabula, but a well-known Cincinnati sports fan), threw himself into this effort to recruit Nick Swisher to the Buckeye State.

When the Indians were courting Swisher as a free agent, they took him and his wife, JoAnn Garcia, to lunch at the Terrace Club at Progressive Field. On the video board, a tape ran of a cast of Ohio State coaches, including Urban Meyer and Thad Matta, all telling Swisher it was time to come home. It doesn't take a village, it takes a state to raise a slugger and bring him home.

JoAnn turned to Nick and said, "Wouldn't it be something if Coach was here too?"

"It just so happened that I walked through door as she finished the sentence," said Jim Tressel.

The article does well to write the free agent signing of Nick Swisher into the narrative of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Plus, you get to read how much Jim Tressel enjoyed trolling James Laurinaitis.


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pjtobin's picture

Very cool. Thanks!

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Brutus's picture

Still a great man in my eyes.

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Love Jimmy T and always will. He'll always been a life changer in my book, same with Gee.

Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

buckskin's picture

Jim Tressel is a great coach and even better man.  Can't say enough good things about him. 

Sturdy Son of Ohio's picture

Great read, thanks.  Funny how things sometimes just seem to fit together.

WC Buckeye's picture

That's a charmed life right there, folks. No matter what else may ever happen - good or bad - in that man's life, that single moment will be one he'll probably always rank in his top 10.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Michibuck's picture

Thanks for a great story.

jthiel09's picture

OURHONORDEFEND09, couldn't say it better my friend, he was/is a life changer and most people (non-OSU people at this point) tend to forget that. Tressel will always have a place in my heart, great man and great coach.
Thanks for the link and the little write up and not gonna lie I've liked Swisher since his days at OSU ... but since he's been with the Tribe my liking of him grows day by day, Bro-Hio t-shirt or not.


OSUs12-OH's picture

Thanks for sharing.  I heard about it but not the logistics of how it went down.  Cool stuff.

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Still love Tress.  And rocked one of my 3 Nike Tressel vests every Thursday to work in Phoenix, Arizona during football season.  This year, I will be sporting them in beautiful southern California!  #tress4life!

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

LadyBuck's picture

Tressell has done so much for, not only Ohio State, but the whole state of Ohio. I would love for him to be our next president. Screw the press. #TressForPrez