JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher are now the proud parents of a baby girl. According to the Associated Press, Cleveland Indians first baseman Swisher, 32, was placed on paternity leave on Tuesday, May 21. The club made the move before the team's season opener against the Detroit Tigers.
The TV actress, 33, announced her pregnancy via Twitter in November 2012. Garcia and Swisher began dating in 2009 and got married the following year at the Breakers Hotel & Resort in Palm Beach, Fla. The athlete spoke to Yahoo! on the Road's Ben Lyons about his daughter's impending birth during a May 12 interview.
"I am so excited. I never in a million years thought I'd have a little girl, but over the last six months, the pink and purple dresses that I've bought, I'm telling you. . . My wife, Jo, she says, 'You're going to spoil that little girl so much.' I can't wait, man," Swisher said. "I talk to her every night. Jo and I, we're so excited to meet her and to bring her in the world and give her a whole lot of love."
Swisher added, "I've been cruising along. I've got a beautiful wife, she's my best friend, I've got a great job and a beautiful home, and now it's time to be a dad. . . I want her to be exactly like my wife."
The Columbus native is in his first season with the Cleveland Indians, who signed him to a four-year, $56 million free agent contract in December 2012. Swisher previously played for the Oakland A's, the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees. "Had so much fun yesterday at my first Indians game," Garcia tweeted Apr. 9. "What amazing fans! Baby Swisher was dancing with excitement, too! She wore me out!"
Garcia -- known for her roles on The CW's Reba, ABC's Better With You and NBC's Animal Practice -- celebrated her baby shower March 17 at Fig & Olive, a modern French Riviera-inspired restaurant in West Hollywood. Celebrity attendees included Cameron Diaz, Reba McEntire and Lance Bass. The actress is the second of her friends to give birth this year, as Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Jamie-Lynn Sigler are both due this summer. Beverley Mitchell welcomed daughter Kenzie Lynne in April.