Merry Christmas to everyone!

On Christmas Eve, I want to wish everyone a great holiday season with your family and friends. It’s a special time of the year, and we all need to keep in mind why it’s so meaningful and important.

Christmas is the day Jesus was born. On this day we were given life. It’s the reason for the season. It’s a day of giving, not receiving.

In my household, my kids never ask for anything. You play baseball, you can give your kids what they want. You want to make them happy, and it’s always a good feeling to give something nice to your kids. But they understand what this day, this season is all about.

It’s always about giving. It doesn’t have to be anything material. It can be a handshake, a smile, uplifting words. Those are all gifts. Giving is easy. Smile, brighten somebody’s day. Make somebody feel good.

You know what? It will make you feel good if you do. I guarantee it.

I’m pretty sure my mom would tell you that one of her happiest days was when I was a little kid, 7 or 8 years old, and I gave the 20 bucks she’d given us for Christmas to a guy I’d see every day on the street in our hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Twenty bucks in my neighborhood made you The Man. I never had 20 bucks, but I gave it away. There was a guy I’d always see in the streets, a guy who didn’t have anything. I went out and gave it to him – the whole 20 bucks. He was so grateful. I’ll always remember that.

My mom was so happy when I did that, because I wasn’t thinking about myself when I gave my last. She instilled in me early in life that the best thing you can do is give. That’s especially true this time of year.

I’m looking forward to being with my family, enjoying this special time. I’m right on schedule coming back from my sports hernia surgery, already looking forward to a new season, taking another shot at that World Series crown with my Angels.

I haven’t run hard yet, but I’ve been doing some light lifting and pulling. I don’t want to push it until I’m ready. I’ll be getting started on my rehab program at the Athletes’ Performance Institute near my home in the Dallas area. I’ll be ready to go this spring, and I’m looking forward to putting together my best season yet in 2010.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone from the Hunter family!



  1. gomezfan22

    Hi Torii-We are using Heart of A Champion at our St. Paul Middle School. I know its a long shot that you’ll read this, but we’d sure like it if you could come to our school a talk about “character education.” Give us a call at Hazel Park, 651-293-8920 x 1005 after we get back to school on January 4. It is a great program that our school us enjoying using!

  2. angelsgirl012

    Mr Hunter,
    We angel fans are grateful to have a person like you on the team! You’re not only a great player but a wonderful person as well. I hope you enjoy the holidays with your family! Here’s to many blessings and a great season this coming year.

    much love

  3. carmine

    Thanks you for your wonderful wishes and your inspiration. This is the season for giving and you are so very right to say that a smile a friendly greeting is worth so much. You are a man with an amazing heart. Your family is very blessed to have you give to them in the way that is only humanly possible. Happy Holiday!!
    All of your fans will be waiting and supporting your arrival.
    Many blessings and Happiness to you and your family.

  4. hardball37

    Great Spirit Tori. Just a note, although Xmas is a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is not the exact day Jesus was born. Happy New Year Tori!

  5. hardball37

    Great Spirit Tori. Just a note, although Xmas is a day to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it is not the exact day Jesus was born. Happy New Year Tori!

  6. hurrayforangels

    Torii, Merry late Christmas! Hope you and your family have a blessed New Year, and have a speedy recovery. Its awesome to see that you understand when Jesus talks about giving out of your poverty vs. giving out of your abundance. It isn’t an easy lesson to learn for a lot of people, especially these days. I think you have more to teach us, so I would love to read more about these lessons you have learned yourself.

    PS – to Hardball37, of course we don’t celebrate it ON Jesus’ actual birthday. The Jewish calendar is much different from the current calendar we use and it is rotating, much like the “changing” dates of Passover and Yom Kippur even though they are on the same date every year on that calendar. I see it as winter is a darker time and Jesus is that light in the darkness, so it is the perfect time to celebrate His entry into our dark world to light the way for us.

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