First picture that comes up when I search "Santa Claus" in the SB Nation photo database. - USA TODAY Sports
Every year around this time, people start to talk about gifts and presents for some reason. I also notice higher-than-usual levels of cheer and joy in the air, something that I don't really understand because this is the time of the year where we are furthest away from any baseball. Days are short, weather is getting cold, shopping malls are packed, children are making their parents pay $35 for a photo with an old white man--how can anyone think this is the most wonderful time of the year?
I compensate by spending the bulk of the time thinking about what material things I would want to receive. Yes, a popular saying goes "it is better to give than to receive," but admit it: you actually really really like to receive. Because I do. It's not a crime to be greedy (see discussion on Hamilton, Josh).
What baseball-related thing do you want for your holiday/Christmas/Hannukah/year-end/end-of-the-world gift?
This year, I think I'm going to ask for another trip to Spring Training with Tony Fernandez Saved My Life since we had so much fun this past March. Last year, in this post, I asked for "100-level season tickets with occasional access to an exec suite"--that didn't happen, although I did get to see a few games from field level. If you participated last year, did you get what you asked for?
Unrelated: Bluebird Banter commenter coolhead2010 has just posted his third "Backwards Hall of Fame Ballot" here, so go and vote out some non-Hall worthy players now! It is an interesting way of determining who would go into Cooperstown, and you can read the backstory in his FanPost here.