It takes more than just baseball skills to be a SwampDog. The organization also mandates that players be able to handle some of the last century's greatest authors. Children's authors that is.
Outfielder Joey Wiemer (Cincinnati) and pitcher Michael Hendricks (Miami Ohio) got the chance to show off their literary chops Friday morning, as the SwampDogs hosted a group of preschoolers from Snyder Preschool and Learning Center for the season's first Summer Reading Program with the SwampDogs.
"It was definitely a cool experience," Wiemer said after the event. "They really look up to us and I think that's something that's an awesome opportunity for us to have."
Before giving the Snyder group a tour of the facilities at The Swamp, Wiemer and Hendricks played the role of storyteller for all 47 preschoolers in attendance.
"We were there one day, we thought that baseball players were the greatest thing to walk the earth," Hendricks said. "It's just cool to be that person now."
The Summer Reading Program with the SwampDogs will continue on Friday mornings all season long.