Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 12/4/12
Its a coincidence really but its appropriate. In a confluence of cultures, baseballs winter meetings are smack dab in the middle of the Christmas shopping season. Its the time when baseball fans become 5-year-olds. They develop some uncharacteristic brat. The universal whine becomes Gimme! There's a wish list without much consideration into what Mom and Dad can afford. Usually wishes this grand in Nashville involve recording contracts, big hair and occasionally teeth. Torii Hunter was an early Christmas gift for Detroit. It turns out that Torii and the Tigers gave that gift to each other, so right field is set for a couple of years. Victor Martinez returns from Santas workshop. From all accounts, the elves did well and hes now a remanufactured element with a new warranty. The team would love a new shortstop and a closer and perhaps another right-handed bat. Id love more hair. You cant have it all. The Tigers went to the World Series in October. It now seems a forever ago. They had battled their way to the defense of their division championship, then past the As and the Yankees, and the pain on their faces was evident in the moments immediately after the final loss to the Giants. Yet there was business to be conducted. Its an image that will stay with me for awhile. His team had just had its season of promise dashed in stunningly quick fashion, but Tigers president Dave Dombrowski had to make his way to the players who would not be invited back and inform them of that. Literally moments after the clubhouse was opened, Jose Valverde and Delmon Young and Don Kelly were individually escorted to a hallway, and each were given that piece of news. Young was wearing a towel when his future was confirmed. There was no sense adding to anyones drama. Its the Band-Aid approach. You take care of it quickly. Discarded by the Tigers, those players are on someone elses wish list now. Regifting doesnt just happen in your impossibly large family. It also is a staple of baseball in the holiday season. To be sure, not every wish will be granted in Nashville. Theyre kind of used to that there since many country songs combine wifeleaving, abrokendowntruck, toomanykids and toomanydrinks. Speaking of drinks, there will be spending done like drunken sailors at the winter meetings. Hows this for a rally cry? He may not be better than our guy, but hes somebody different! We learned from The Grinch (after he carved the roast beast) that Christmas Day will always be, just as long as we have we. If there were a couple of wes who could hit with power, Christmas would be a little brighter. Now the Whos down in Who-ville would like to ask Jim Leyland about the Whos in the lineup.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul George extremely critical of Pacers following trade deadline

Chris Bosh joining TNT as analyst

Cameron Payne will have chance to shine with Bulls

Danny Ainge opens up about why Celtics didn’t make a trade before deadline

Kevin Durant wants to be NBA GM or owner after playing career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mavericks discussing buyout with Deron Williams

T-Wolves reportedly backed away from Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose trade

DeMarcus Cousins calls duo with Anthony Davis ‘Fire and Ice’

Reasons why 76ers got so little for Nerlens Noel emerge

John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/23: Gillon's buzzer-beater blast for the win

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker