Innings with Santa Claus
By Phil Stanton
With the Holiday Season upon us, we thought we’d
catch up with the busiest guy, Santa Claus. Although he doesn’t
look it, he was a pretty good athlete in his day. He took some
time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few of our
First Inning – Did you ever play baseball?
I did when I was younger. My parents were
snowbirds, so we ended up spending half the year in Santa Claus,
Ind., and always had a baseball in my hand. I spent a year at
Santa Clara before I transferred to San Ho-Ho-Jose as I like to
call it. I played two summers in the Alaska Baseball League,
since it wasn’t too far from home.
Second Inning – What was your intro music when
you came to the plate?
“Santa Claus is Coming to Bat.” When it started
“You better watch out”, I would point the bat at the pitcher.
Sometimes, I’d mix it up and ask for “Here Comes Santa Claus.”
Third Inning – Do you still follow college
Yes, I do. I have a great nephew, Chad Claus,
who’s a catcher at UNLV, so I definitely keep an eye on the
Fourth Inning – Do you have a favorite player
from the past?
I always liked watching J.T. Snow, when he played
at the University of Arizona and when he was in the Big Leagues.
Fifth Inning – Do the elves like baseball?
They do. After we get through Christmas, they get
ready for the Jingle Balls and Strikes Tournament.
Sixth Inning – Do the elves have a favorite
Their hero has always been Eddie Gaedel, but a
lot of them are now Dustin Pedroia fans.
Seventh Inning – Do the reindeer have a team?
They have a pretty good squad. Dasher plays
center and hits leadoff, Dancer tippy-toes around first, Prancer
patrols left, Vixen holds down the hot corner, Comet has a gun
in right, Cupid loves playing short, Donder covers second,
Blitzen plays behind the plate and Rudolph pitches, relying on
his “Glow Ball.”
Eighth Inning – Is there a chance of you
making an unbreakable wooden bat?
We’re working on it, but Rudolph’s fastball and
slider keep sending us back to the drawing board.
Ninth Inning – Are there any baseball guys on
your naughty list?
There are a few, including a couple coaches who,
how should I say it, have a bit of a temper. But there are a
number of umpires who will find little coal baseballs in their
stockings this year.
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