“Oh, mom,” Joanna said of Swisher, “you’re gonna love this one.” Not long after, Garcia became the newest babe to join the bevy of beautiful young actresses on the arms of Yankees — Minka Kelly (Derek Jeter), Kate Hudson (A-Rod) and Cameron Diaz (also A-Rod).
On May 19, Swisher popped the question, and New York Yankees fans will soon welcome their latest player’s wife, a former high school homecoming queen who is now wearing a diamond ring so large “she’ll have to start lifting weights,” says Loraine.
While attending high school, she was re-discovered by Nickelodeon and starred for three seasons as Samantha on Are You Afraid of the Dark? She commuted from Florida to Montreal, Canada, where the show was filmed.She was featured on the short-lived CBS comedy Welcome to the Captain.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.Swisher was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia.Before his professional career, Swisher played college baseball for the Ohio State Buckeyes.(1993–96) and Cheyenne Hart-Montgomery on The WB/CW sitcom Reba (2001–07).