Nick Swisher salutes Brian Cashman for supporting wounded vets

Cleveland Indians outfielder Nick Swisher answers questions during Cleveland Indians outfielder Nick Swisher answers questions during a news conference in Cleveland. Swisher passed his physical with the Indians on Thursday and signed the four-year, $56 million, free-agent contract he agreed to last month. (Jan. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Nick Swisher feels the Yankees' pain. Or in the case of Brian Cashman, admires it.

Swisher, a huge backer of the Wounded Warrior Project, applauded Cashman's skydiving antics to benefit that foundation. He also called Cashman upon hearing of his leg-breaking mishap.

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Swisher said he told him, "Bro', you're a beast, dude!"

As for the wisdom of the stunt, Swisher was all for it.

"No GM has ever jumped out of a plane before," he said. "To bring attention to something like the Wounded Warrior Project, what better way to do it than the GM of the Yankees popping out of a plane.''

Despite signing with the Indians, Swisher texted with Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira after hearing of their injuries.

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"I'm one of those guys that wants my friends to do well," he said. "This isn't like, 'Oh man, the Yankees traded me, I hate them.' That doesn't take away from any memories I had from before."

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