Was Santa Good To You?

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Now that the Christmas weekend is over, I’m guessing most folks have opened their holiday gifts.

Did you get anything really great? Anything baseball related?

I got a book about old ballparks from my in-laws, a fabulous hat from my best friend, and a CD I’ve been wanting for months from a very close friend.

Still didn’t feel very festive, though. I think it’s that kind of a year for many people.

43 thoughts on “Was Santa Good To You?

  1. I got something baseball-related and gave something baseball-related.

    My kids got me the following book on the Jays’ 2015 season:


    And I gave my Dad the following… which I fully intend to borrow:



  2. No baseball stuff this year. I did receive the aforementioned McCringleberry jersey. I also got a Brock Osweiler jersey because I believe.


  3. A classmate of mine bought me a Baseball book as a gift in our Christmas party just a week ago, titled “Amazin’ ” The miraculous history of New York’s beloved Baseball team, by Peter Golenbock… He knows that I’m a Braves fan though, still pretty awesome cause finding a Baseball book like that here in our country is like finding a needle in a haystack, and for him to find me a book like that is like a dream come true, I couldn’t ask more for a great Christmas present.

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    1. Ren, that’s really cool! I love reading books about other teams, though. The more you know about other teams, the more you can appreciate your own. 🙂

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    2. That’s a great gift, Ren. I hope you really enjoy the history.

      I will suggest that there are many of us for whom the words “beloved” and “Mets” would never be used in the same sentence.

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      1. It went south and east of us, but my SIL’s parent’s neighborhood was hit. Thankfully, they only had a little damage to their barn (and the horses were okay). Others near them were not so lucky.


        1. My one nephew is in Plano, and I thought you were in that area. My first newspaper job in the Metromess was down in Lancaster. The early 1990s tornado is still fearfully remembered there.


    1. I went to the Nixon library several years ago. It was when it was still privately run, before it was turned over to the National Archives, like other prez libraries. It was about 2-3 weeks after Mark Felt outed himself as Deep Throat. Not one word about it in the library.


    1. Flannel shirts are always nice, but cast iron skillets are even better. My mom makes her cornbread in her skillet and it’s so awesome. You get the best crust that way.


  4. Clothes, normally which I detest, but this year really liked: American Giant Hoodie, real turtlenecks (out of style, I know, but still) also a David Foster Wallace reader.


  5. I got socks. Plain white socks. It’s all I’ve asked for in the past 6 years or so, and it’s what I get. Some people include an envelope with a bit of cash, some don’t, and I’m happy either way…as long as I get my socks.

    Few things on this earth feel as good as pulling on a brand new pair of socks.


      1. Of course.

        Sometimes they’ve got the grey toe/heel. Sometimes the entire sole is grey. Sometimes they are just plain white all over.

        Anything else is an unnecessary extravagance.


        1. I usually buy my sister a pair of socks every year. She loves socks. I see nothing wrong with socks.


        2. I don’t even know how to respond to that…

          Do socks in other countries come in different colors? Do they not have white fabric in those places?


        3. Oh no, I don’t feel shamed at all. Just curious if that’s what you were trying to do is all. My feet feel good in my new socks and that’s all that interests me.

          If others dislike the color of my socks…that’s a them-problem, not a me-problem.


        4. Just think…instead of trying to shit on my warm new socks for the last hour because you think they are the wrong color, you could have been enjoying The Sandlot instead.

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        5. Because it knows you have an irrational disdain for all socks that don’t fit into your personal little sock-agenda. Your sockgenda.

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        6. It’s not being conformist, it’s being a cheapass.

          If I could get a pack of 12 pairs of pink and purple striped socks for $2, then I’d wear pink and purple striped socks.

          It all comes down to a simple rhyme. White socks is cheap, so they goes on my feet.

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