Holidays mean family time for ballplayers | MLB.com: News

They treasure those “opening” days of holidays past, filled with joy by presents ranging from Jered Weaver’s first drum set to Mike Matheny’s BB gun to Vinnie Pestano’s original PlayStation 2 to Bruce Chen’s huge robot in Panama and Drew Storen’s two gloves from Dad each year.

They hold onto traditions and start new ones as families grow. It’s that Christmas Eve with midnight church hymns for Matt Thornton, a Cuban feast with smoked pig every Dec. 24 for Fredi Gonzalez. It’s Joe Girardi hiding “the Holiday Pickle” on their tree and Nick Hundley’s mom hiding a special ornament on theirs to “let you get a bunch more presents.”

They travel most of the year as members of the Major League Baseball family, and now they generally embrace the holiday spirit with their own families as if they still were those little boys with eyes of wonder, unraveling the merry mystery of Santa Claus himself.

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