Greg Swindell burst onto the national sports scene in the 1980s as one of the best pitchers in Texas Longhorns history. He went on to a successful big league career with the Indians, Reds, Astros, Twins, and Diamondbacks.
The College Baseball Hall of Fame had inducted Swindell in 2008, and this year his home state honored him with enshrinement in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The lefty is a Fort Worth native and played his high school ball in Sharpstown. His Texas roots run deep, and his family occupied three tables at the induction banquet. You could tell this meant something to him. He teared up during the press conference before the ceremony and again that evening.
In the video interview that is the centerpiece of this post, Swindell talks about why he found the induction so meaningful.