Nick Swisher and TV actress Joanna Garcia are no ordinary superstar couple. After celebrating their wedding in December 2010, the couple is planning their long-awaited honeymoon -- to Afghanistan. "Three military officers came to the Yankee locker room and asked if any of us would like to visit the troops. My hand went straight up, I said, 'I'm in,'" said Swisher. "I come from a military family, and no matter what your views are, these men and women are out there risking everything for us. I realize how fortunate I have been, so I like to give back at every opportunity I can. I knew Joanna would want to go. It will be our first trip since we got married."
08/24/2011 6:08 PM ET
Big Leaguers Notebook: Aug. 24
Swisher and wife are planning honeymoon to Afghanistan
Added Garcia, "We are both really looking forward to visiting the troops. Yes, it isn't a traditional honeymoon, but it is something we both feel strongly about." (New York Post)
Cameron Maybin received the chance of a lifetime when he was invited by Hall of Famer Willie Mays to spend a few hours at the baseball legend's home. "Unbelievable, man. Unbelievable. It's something to say I got to sit and talk with him for a couple of hours, just kind of be in his presence," said Maybin of the honor. "I saw a lot of his accolades and awards, had some lunch, and we talked. He's one of the reasons I wear No. 24, a big part of why I play, man. It was cool. I took him my jersey, signed it for him. Think of that. My jersey's in Willie Mays' house." (San Diego Union-Tribune)
Mets knuckleballer and renaissance man R.A. Dickey took some time off from writing a memoir (New York Times) and planning a Mount Kilimanjaro climb (New York Times) to dress up with his sons Eli (Twitter) and Van (Twitter), hold a Lord of the Rings tweet-up (Twitter) and take in the "great Rembrandt exhibit" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Twitter).
Ben Revere joined Masato Akamatsu (YouTube) and Torii Hunter (MLB.com) in the "Webgem-at-the-Wall Hall of Fame" with this Spiderman-style move. (MLB.com)
C.J. Wilson is joining The Partnership at Drugfree.org to encourage kids to play and live a healthy life without drugs. "Being a positive role model in the community is a big inspiration for my success on the field," said Wilson, who lives a "straight-edge" lifestyle by avoiding tobacco, alcohol and drugs (SI.com). "Together with The Partnership at Drugfree.org, I can help kids feel the empowerment and positive support that I carry every day towards my goals in baseball and in life" (Drugfree.org). To get Wilson's advice about teamwork, goals and healthy competition, visit http://playhealthy.drugfree.org.
After one lucky fan tweeted his phone number to David Price (Twitter), the Rays ace surprised him with a personal phone call (Twitter). "We talked for a few minutes," said Price. "I'll probably call a few more people. It was pretty fun." (St. Petersburg Times).
Anyone up for a dance-off with Victor Martinez? (MLB.com)
Tweet of the Day: "is that what caused the earthquake @AdamRussell36 @ShopHouse10 so funny the last time I heard that I laughed so hard I fell off my dinosaur" -- Kelly Shoppach (@ShopHouse10) to Rays teammate Adam Russell.
Quote of the Day: "[I was concerned] that it would eat through my brain, but the doctor assured me that that was not possible... I figure we're friends. We've bonded. There was so much wisdom that was passed on to him that he died of the overflow of wisdom from being inside my head." -- Matt Holliday (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) joking about his "LoMoMantis"-inspired moment when a moth flew into his ear on Sunday (MLB.com).