And to All on MLBlogs, a Good Night!

I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas, the happiest of holidays and best wishes for the New Year to all of you out there in the blogosphere, readers and writers alike!

So, taking a glance around the blogs, it appears that writing a parody of The Night Before Christmas isn’t exactly the most original idea I’ve ever had…as I probably should have suspected in community of writers, LOL. You all make me smile, a lot. Anyway, here are my lines to add to the chorus:

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Only Blithescribe was stirring with laptop and mouse.
The stockings were draped from the bookshelves with care,
Because we don’t have a real chimney, so we hang them there.

In the armchair I nestled, snuggled with pillows and cats,
Perusing MLBlogs for new posts and great stats.
While my husband lay sleeping, on the couch by the tree,
Because really, hands down, he’s much smarter than me.

When outside our house, there arose such a clatter,
That I ran to the door to see what was the matter.
And what did I see on our porch clear as day?
Would you believe it was Santa with reindeer and sleigh?

“Only seven reindeer, Santa? Is one of them late?
I could be mistaken, but I’ve read you use eight.”
“Oh, that. Minor accident in Arkansas, you see.
He’s still on my good list, but no presents for Cliff Lee!”

Shocked and surprised, I invited Santa inside.
“I thought you were a myth. Clearly somebody lied.”
He smiled, “I get that a lot and, yet, I am here.”
“So, cookies and milk? Or can I get you a beer?”

While I got the drinks, Santa skimmed through the blogs,
And my husband remained on the couch sawing logs.
“Hot Stove is insane this year,” Santa said with a smirk.
“On Crawford, on Lee, on Soriano and Werth?

Seven years is too crazy for me to understand.”
So Santa Claus is real and a big baseball fan!
After beer and bourbon, Santa’s a right jolly old elf,
So I poured a glass of Maker’s Mark for myself.

“Thank you,” Santa said, “for the drinks and good rest.
This gets harder every time, I have to confess.
So little girl, what can Santa give you this year?”
That would have sounded dirty were it not meant with good cheer.

“Well you’re a little late Santa” I said, quite bereft.
“I wanted bats for the Angels and Crawford in left.”
“Carl Crawford, you say? Yeah, I’m sorry about him.”
“Santa, say it ain’t so! You gave Crawford to them.”

Santa pulled up his sleeve with a sheepish little grin,
To reveal a B-shaped tattoo, right there on his skin.
“Dustin left us for baseball. I couldn’t help myself.
North Polers stick together. I root for the elf”

That explains everything! Santa’s a Red Sox fan.
Well they do have red stockings and cute toy sized stands.
“Okay, Angels season tickets would simply be heaven.
One pair? Home side field box? Say section 111?”

He had a broad face and a round little belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
“That’s hilarious Blithescribe,” he laughed as he stood.
“Seriously, lady? You think you’ve been that good?”

Instead he gave me books. Fourteen all in a stack,
Two for each week ’til my birthday, just like in years back!
I giggled like a child and clapped my hands with glee.
Books were always the best present underneath the tree.

Then Santa had to leave, with more countries still to go,
I hugged him thank you, as he headed out our door.
And I heard him exclaim as he leapt from our porch,
Merry Christmas to all, only 51 days ’til pitchers and catchers report!

11 Comments

Bravo!!!!! Excellent Christmas poem. You didn’t miss a thing. It even had a happy ending. Well done and Merry Christmas to you, Kristen!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Great piece of Christmas poetry.
Glad you shared that with us. And I agree 100 % with Jane, the ending was fantastic.

Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel and Buon Natale to you too Kristen!

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Perfect! That was so creative :)
Merry Christmas, Kristen!

Thank you Jane, Rays Renegade and Westcoastgirl! I hope you had great holidays as well.
And the best part about that ending is that it just gets better and better with each passing day :)
- Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

THREE CHEERS! Very impressive. What else can I say?
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Going back to the halos trying to get Beltre. Man, I hope that they get him and I hope he’s the player that played with the Sox last year. Not the Beltre in Seattle that people tend to recall. With that being said, if they can get him in that line-up then the Angels will be more in contention with the Rangers.

The Al West is wide open and usually is boasting only one team per year that is a runaway. This year, I hope the Angels and Rangers and even the A’s can all make a run for it.

Christmas poem was awesome by the way.

Going back to a comment about the salary cap issue. I think that you could be right and that baseball can correct itself on the economics. You’re also right on point about players leaving a lot of money on the table and going for less money in others places. The last time that I saw that was when Maddux declined the Yankees offer and picked the Braves in 1993. Worked out for us!
I hope that the players and owners start scaling down their greed. I would still like a salary cap to check everyone at the door though

Ron – Thanks!
Jeff – Thank you Mr. Sinatra! Or were you Dean Martin? :)
Hot Tub Baseball Machine – Thank you for dropping by my blog and commenting, and for the compliment to my goofy poem. I think your assessment of the AL West is spot on. The Angels went largely unchallenged in the years they took the title and we certainly didn’t pose much of a challenge to the Rangers this year, sigh. It will be really wild if the Angels can get something going in 2011 because it looks like the Rangers are still going to be a challenge – could be fun! I forgot about Maddux in ’93. I do hope we’re going to see more of that. It’s a positive trend.
- Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

Thanks Wrigley and a Happy New Year to you too!
- Kristen
http://blithescribe.mlblogs.com/

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