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Swisher time

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Nick Swisher is yet to step one foot into U.S. Cellular Field wearing a White Sox jersey, but is already growing to Aaron Rowand cult status.

Forget they fact that he’s single and has been known to refer to himself as “Swish-a-licious,’’ he also brings a swagger and cockiness with him that will instantly be embraced on the South Side. If that means crashing into walls to track down a ball or strike a pose after a home run, so be it.
Swisher, who was checking into camp early on Tuesday, made it known that he plays the game hard and he plays to win. If the way he tries to accomplish that is taken as cocky, guilty as charged.
“Why do you gotta say it like that?’’ Swisher joked, when asked by one reporter about his reputation as having a “swagger.’’ “Nah man, I love playing the game, and if it comes off like that, hey, some people look at it like that. Hey, I don’t mean to be like that. I’m just out there having fun. For me, this is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.
“When you get to that point, you want to soak it up for everything it’s worth. For me, I go out and play the game hard, bring some intensity. I’m not going to come over here and change the way I play the game. I’m coming over here and doing the things I’ve been doing so I can get better year in and year out.’’
As far as the idea of playing in Chicago, he said he’s already “giddy, like a little school kid.’’
“I’m a guy, as you can tell I’m pretty shy, it’s tough for me to speak to people,’’ he said sarcastically. “I think it’s going to be great. Chicago is a great town. My old man played [Steve] with the Cubs for all those years and told me about Chicago and what a great town it is.’’

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His love of the game and attitude are going to rub off on the team. I, for one ,am glad Swisher is on the Southside. The hope is that he has a great season on the field. This team is a mystery: it really could surprise a lot of people(the critics)or it could be a disaster. Honestly, I don't think anyone can say with assurance what the outcome will be. Let the spring training games begin!

Swisher will easily be the top fan draw for the White Sox over the next 5 yrs. That alone justifies the trade.

I can't wait to see this guy play at the Cell.......I am excited about the attitude so far in AZ.......can't wait till that clown Mariotti eats his words about Sox having no chance.....that's why they play the game Jay.....you are almost as uneducated as a Cub fan...........

You guys are right on it. You have to play the games Mariotti is a Idiot anyway I don't pay much attention to him. The key is the pitching and finding a leadoff man I truly think they will be better than so-called experts think. The so-called experts don't seem to remember they held their own within the division the disaster was outside the division and the inter-league play. GO SOX

I agree that Swisher will bring the grinder persona that we've missed since AR was traded. I think Kenny may have underestimated the value of what Rowand brought to the team. He pushed AJ, Crede, Pods and even Konerko to be their best and go all out. Maybe Swisher can have that effect on Owens, Richar and Fields.I also think we overlook the mental toughness El Duque brought to the staff and pen. Not saying he shouldn't have been traded but rather that nobody has stepped in to fill that void. His 3 out bases loaded stint at Boston in the 05 playoffs will never be forgotten by any true Sox fan.

Im glad the White Sox came in last place last year.

This is where they belong.....

And this is what we get when you treat us fans wrong........

Juan, stop drinking on the clock......when I see you at Taco Bell drive thru, get me a Chalupa......besides you can't afford to go to Sox games on your salary.....

Just another Sox fan ranting discriminatory remarks at me and my family about going to Taco Bell.

I am a huge white sox fan who will not be attneidng any games in 2008. This is not because I appreciate being called out of my name by individuals who live around 35th street; but by management who have treated us fans like me do not exist.

Remember: Ozzie Guillen said that "I dont care what the fans think or say."

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