Topping my holiday wish list was a setup man and starter. I settled for an iPod instead.
Never fear: Santa left several Phillies-inspired items under the tree, including a 2006 Phillies desk calendar (for me), a Phillies talking bottle opener (stepdad), a ticket for two to the Winter Tour in Reading (stepdad), and an autographed Carlos Ruiz baseball card (stepdad, but I have one as well). Meanwhile, my wife and mother opened less-significant items: jewelry; clothes; things of a non-Phillies nature.
While I'm busy downloading Dio's "Holy Diver" onto my iPod (made famous as Pat Burrell's theme music at Citizen's Bank Park), I invite you to check out some of the other sites featured on the right and left-hand sides of this space.
Until then, time for Beerleaguer to enjoy a well-earned break. I've been non-stop since my honeymoon last August. Time to refill the tank.
I'll have plenty to write about when I return Jan. 9. By then, only 37 days until pitchers and catchers report. Can you believe it?
I look forward to catching up with you then!