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Wrapping Up 2001
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Holiday plans

MLB.com asked some baseball personalities how they planned on spending the holiday. Here's a sampling:

"Actually I'm not doing much of anything. To tell you the truth I've been pretty bored since the season ended. But for Christmas I'm going to stay home with my fiancee and my daughter for dinner. It's my first Christmas in Milwaukee so it should be nice.
-- Davey Lopes, Brewers manager

"There's not one specific memory...it's the overall memory of me being the person who does the labor part of getting the tree in and out of the house each year. Handling that tree always gets me into the spirit of the season."
-- Blake Stein, Royals

"My wife and I usually split Christmas between our two families -- we spend half the day with Cara's family and half the day with mine. But since this is our daughter Hannah's first Christmas, it may be hard to leave either grandparents' house! This should be a fun year, watching Hannah open presents. I'm sure we'll take a lot of pictures this year!"
-- Lance Berkman, Astros

"Christmas Day will be a typical family get-together with a big dinner. But the day after Christmas, we're taking the family and my wife's family and renting a cabin in Flagstaff (AZ). We'll spend the next few days sledding and having fun with the kids."
-- Tim Salmon, Angels

"Our traditional holiday is to let the kids wake us up early around the house and start opening some presents. Then have my wife go make one of those big old sausage biscuits for me and just chill out, drink some coffee and enjoy the atmosphere. Hopefully we'll get a nice, big snowstorm and we'll all just sit back and enjoy it."
-- Ron Gardenhire, Twins coach

"We have no plans for Christmas Day. We're just going to spend time as a family. We'll be going on a Disney cruise with the kids afterward, though."
--Mark Guthrie, Mets

"I'm going to work. Part of some of my relaxation is doing some of the things I do on a daily basis. But the major thing is time with family. I'm not so wrapped up in the job that I will not use this time to re-connect with them, especially since we've had a long couple weeks with the Winter Meetings."
-- Ken Williams, White Sox general manager

"This year our whole family will be getting together at my parents' house in Sanford, FL. My brother Rick is coming from Georgia, My oldest borther, Kenny will be coming from Tampa, along with my sister Christine and her husband and three kids. My other sister Susan and her husband, and two kids will also be there as well as grandma and an uncle. I think there will be around 18 people crammed into my parent's house, so we'll all be on top of each other. It'll definitely be a good time to see and play with all the kids."
-- David Eckstein, Angels

"I'm packin' up and heading down to South Carolina to be with my family."
-- Preston Wilson, Marlins

"I've got a ton of family parties to go to. The Spiezio side of the family has a big reunion-type party every year with like 60 people and then my wife's family has the same thing. Those two parties are on the 22nd and 23rd. Then, on the 24th, we're going to my mom's house where they'll be about 14 people and, on the 25th, we're going to Amy'sparents house for a smaller family party. Christmas is a real busy time for us."
-- Scott Spiezio, Angels

"The big thing for me is spending as much time with my family as I can. You really don't have the opportunity to do so as much during the season. So I just plan on going to my dad's and spending some time with the family. That's important to me."
-- Jerry Narron, Rangers manager

"Going to head back home to Brooklyn and spend Christmas with the family. Then my wife and I are hosting all of them back here in Jersey for New Years. After all that's what the holidays are all about, surrounding yourself with loved ones."
-- Nelson Figueroa, Phillies

"My wife Amy and I both have all our family in this area so we'll be going from house to house that day visiting all our relatives."
-- Matt Wise, Angels


 

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