“He understands the folklore of the right-field bleacher fans,” says fan Frank Luna.
Last year, when a friend asked actress Joanna Garcia if she’d be interested in going on a date with Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher, her response, according to Garcia’s mom, Loraine, was “Oh, I don’t want to date a ballplayer.” But the friend didn’t give up.
Next he went to Swisher, offering to set him up with the green-eyed beauty.
Her mother’s a homemaker, dad is a gynecologist, and her brother followed in his father’s footsteps to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Meanwhile, after years of plugging away with roles on TV, Garcia is on the brink of becoming a household name — her sitcom “Better Together,” created by the folks behind “Friends,” was picked up for the ABC fall lineup.
He sent bushels of flowers to her on Valentine’s Day, and a card from each of their dogs on Mother’s Day.
(The couple recently added two abandoned dogs to their brood.) That same charm made Swisher a fan favorite when he arrived in New York from the Chicago White Sox last year.“She’s an incredible comedic talent, and I’m waiting for the rest of the world to catch up to that fact.” Garcia has had her share of suitors.She dated tennis star Bob Bryan, and she was briefly engaged to Justin Timberlake’s personal assistant and friend, Trace Ayala.Loraine says Swisher proposed the old-fashioned way.He was in Tampa for spring training and visited Loraine and Jay Garcia to ask for their daughter’s hand in marriage. She’s also had her share of animals — including a miniature horse named Dolly and a goat named Honey, plus two Chihuahuas, Tia and Gibson, along with the rescue dogs.