No one in the world has ever doubted Nick Swisher’s enthusiasm. He may be the most excited man we’ve seen in baseball in the last 20 years. But if you want to see Swisher really excited, show him some old packs of baseball cards like we did on this week’s all-new installment of “Old Baseball Cards,” our wax-pack driven nostalgia show here on Yahoo Sports.
Swisher retired following the 2015 season after 12 years in the big leagues with New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians and others. These days, he’s an MLB analyst for Fox Sports, which is home this week to the World Series.
For “Old Baseball Cards,” Swisher presented a great cross-generational opportunity — we could open cards from his era of baseball and his dad’s. Steve Swisher played from 1974 to 1982, so we opened a pack of 1982 Fleer and a pack of 2004 Topps, Nick’s rookie year.
Along the way, we talked about ’80s mustaches, the guy with the best beard in the big leagues, one of the craziest ovations he heard at Yankee Stadium, Jim Rice killing in “R.B.I. Baseball” and we pull off a five-card trade at the end.
If this is your first time checking out “Old Baseball Cards,” welcome aboard. We open up old packs of cards with players, coaches and famous fans, looking for their reactions, memories and stories. We have plenty of great episodes below that are well worth your time. If you liked this episode, we’ll recommend a few others for World Series week — Alex Cora, Dave Roberts and A-Rod.
Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: David Ross | Dave Winfield | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Mike Krukow | Gary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Fred Lynn | Eduardo Perez | J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar
MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais
CURRENT PLAYERS: CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo
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