Former Yankee and World Series Champion, Nick Swisher, has teamed up with McAlister’s Deli to host its Holiday Hosting Hotline. If you have questions or want to receive tips and tricks on how to be better host during the holiday season, Swisher and his wife JoAnna García Swisher are here to help! On Nov. 24 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. EST, you can call 1-833-MCA-HOST (1-833-622-4678) to speak directly with the Swishers and receive hosting advice.
Get guidance on how to plan the perfect table setting while also preparing delicious food and activities for your guests in order to make the day much more enjoyable for everyone.
“You always want to work with great people,” Nick Swisher said. “To be able to have the opportunity to team up with an organization like McAlister’s Deli, I wanted to work with the best.”
Swisher noted that he got into the food industry after baseball in part because of his love for McAlister’s turkey club, saying it is his go-to order, especially with their sweet tea as his beverage.
Nick’s wife, JoAnna, is an actress and hosting expert and is very passionate about this partnership and event because of her love and skills for hosting.
“We’re so excited to partner with McAlister’s Deli to help hosts around the country make the most of their time with family and friends during the holidays,” she said. “Nick and I enjoy hosting friends and family for holiday meals and are looking forward to sharing our advice for people hosting their loved ones this year so they can have a (mostly) stress-free day.”
Nick also harped on how talented his wife is when it comes to hosting parties and holidays.
“My wife is fantastic at hosting,” Nick said. “She has all the tips, all the tricks, the whole nine. If you need any hosting ideas, you go to her.”
Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to talk with the Swishers and get advice for the holiday season, especially with Thanksgiving in just a few days!
I did get to talk some Yankees baseball with Swisher as well. Obviously he’s super stoked for the offseason and looking forward to the 2022 regular season, but did address his concern for a potential lockout with the Collective Bargaining Agreement expiring on Dec. 1.
“There’s one of two ways this offseason is going to go,” he said. “You’re gonna see a whole heap of guys signing...or you’re going to see guys hold off and wait because of the uncertainty of the season moving forward...Fingers crossed there’s no lockdown because that’s the last thing that we need in baseball right now.”
Swisher was part of the 2002 MLB Draft in which the Oakland Athletics selected him in the first round. That draft is now known as the “Moneyball” draft because of the analytical nature that the A’s applied in it. It’s been 19 years since then so there has been a development in the way that advanced metrics are used.
“When sabermetrics first came into the game, people were like ‘dude what are the Oakland A’s doing?’” Swisher said. “[Walks and home runs] are all people value nowadays, right? Get on base and when you hit it, hit it hard.”
He also said that in his role as a special advisor to Brian Cashman, he is also involved in player development.
“I guess I never really understood how much great information is really out there.” he said. “You get the information, but how you give it to the player I think is so crucial.”
He also went on to explain that everything is so detail oriented nowadays that they can really analyze and breakdown swings or throwing motions.
While numbers are important, Swisher also noted that team chemistry is vital to winning, too.
“You’re doing your best to put together a puzzle,” he said. “You’re trying to do your best to not only put together the most talent you can on the field and figure that out puzzle-wise, but also the personalities you have in that locker room. Team culture is crucial and I think it’s the most important thing that you have to have.”
From one outfielder to another, Swisher gave a lot of praise towards Aaron Hicks and is excited for his return to the field and believes he can make an impact in 2022.
“His talent is five tools off the charts. This dude can do it all...Could you imagine him with his eyes at the plate and strike zone discipline, along with the speed that he possesses offensively and defensively the things he’d be able to do in our lineup? Wow. I can’t wait. I think he’ll be a huge pickup coming back.”
Finally, Swisher didn’t leave without assuring Yankees fans that success is on the way.
“We have an unbelievable front office. Some of the smartest people in the world are working for us and we’re going to put together an unbelievable squad, an unbelievable coaching staff, and 2022 could be the year, baby.”