27 years old // Outfielder for the Chicago White Sox // Raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia; lives in the South Loop
People look at athletes as unapproachable and, you know, maybe I want to change that a little bit. // When I was six years old, I told my father* that I wanted to be a major-league ballplayer, and I'll never forget what he said: "That's a great goal to have, but if you want it, you're going to have to work for it." // You know the line in Talladega Nights where the grandmother says, "It's time for Granny Law"? That was kind of what it was like for me growing up. My grandmother got me where I needed to be. // Having fun and laughing works best for me. If I get too intense, I can't do my job. In my mind, if you wear a Major League Baseball uniform, that gives you a lifetime pass to be a kid. // I guess you could say my style is a little bit rocker. I've had long hair. I have a different kind of facial hair every week. I dyed my goatee this year. I like to keep people guessing.
* Steve Swisher, former Chicago Cub and 1976 All-Star who played eight seasons in the majors