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Nick Swisher celebrates opening day home run with O-H-I-O cheer

Mark Townsend
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To say Nick Swisher is enjoying his time with the Cleveland Indians would be the ultimate understatement. After signing as a free agent on Jan. 3, 2013, Swisher, who was born in Columbus, grew up one state over in West Virginia, but moved back to play his college baseball at Ohio State University, immediately embraced the city and the franchise as if it was his home since day one.

That continued during the Indians 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in their home opener on Friday. However, after connecting on a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, Swisher went back a little ways to his college roots to celebrate, breaking out an Ohio State cheer. After crossing home plate, Swisher spelled out the word O-H-I-O, YMCA style, which is a staple at OSU sporting events.

It's clear Swisher is proud to be playing in front of his home-state fans. In some instances though, he may be taking his Ohio pride a little beyond what most would consider tactful. For instance, his Bro-hio initiative, which has spawned its own t-shirt and earned its own section at Progressive Field, has rubbed more than a few people that wrong way because it's a part of everything he's doing or saying.

For example, Swisher reportedly left the media room following Friday's game yelling "Happy Bro-pening day, everyone."

That could definitely get annoying in larger doses.

But let's be honest, Swisher's shtick, while at times overbearing, is harmless. He simply loves playing the game, feels overwhelming joy that he's been afforded an opportunity to continue his career in Cleveland, and can't help but express his feelings.

"I'm the luckiest dude in the world," said Swisher. "What good would it do to put a frown on my face? I'm going to smile and have fun."

It wouldn't do any good at all. Keep smiling. Keep having fun. Keep embracing the moment. Let us decide if we want to watch or ignore.

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