A Brand New Baseball Christmas Tale

This paperweight size beautifully detailed copy of the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series Championship Trophy arrived at our house about 2:00 PM Saturday, December 23, 2017. The sender was anonymous, but we are grateful nonetheless.


The Day Before the Night Before Christmas

An Even Now As Yet Unfolding True Story

By The Pecan Park Eagle

Twas the Day Before
The Night Before Christmas
When all through this
Ancient Creaking House

Not a creature was racing or stirring
Not even My Sweetheart, My Spouse

Our stockings both hung
By the Chimney with Cheer
In hopes that St. Nicholas
Soon enough would Be Here

But Nick wasn’t due for a couple of days

So Ma and I retired to our nap-taking ways

All safe in our bed
While visions of sugarplums
Danced in our heads

And mom in her kerchief
And I in my Series Cap,
Had just settled down
For a Saturday nap

When out on the porch
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from my bed
To check on the matter

Away to the front door
I flew like a flash
I tore back the lock – Threw open the door

In time to see FedEx – Going elsewhere to score
And then I looked down – At the box left below

It carried my name – But from whom did not show

I simply could not forestall – in seasonal bliss

Waiting two more days – knowing not whom to kiss


The content information in the box identifed the gift as a 2017 World Series Trophy Paperweight. There was no disclosure information on the name of anyone who may have arranged this shipment.


So I opened her up – hoping the secret lay there

But it didn’t show up? – Life happens


The Trophy Face
“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” ~ Norma Desmond
Classic line from the iconic 1950 movie, “Sunset Blvd”


The gift itself is the giver-identity giveaway

It’s about a 4” tall replica of the 2017 World Series Trophy

Which means the thoughtful giver is either one of my kind

Or one of the baseball gods who made it all happen for us


If this wonderful giver is one of my baseball brothers or sisters

It won’t ruin anything for me to know it was you who did it.

Working through the Astros, the Baseball Gods did it on 11/01/17

And who knows, maybe one of the gods alone called Amazon directly


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Astros Fans

We’ve got much to celebrate forever now

And thank you so much too, “baseball god”

Whomever you may be – like the 2017 Houston Astros

You are always in my heart






Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle







2 Responses to “A Brand New Baseball Christmas Tale”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    Your miniature trophy was given in the best tradition: anonymously. Merry Christmas, Bill. Best wishes to you and your family. And let’s hope 2018 brings back-to-back World Series wins.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Thank you so very much, Tom-Anon, my dear friend. Had you not been so traditional, your gift may have arrived without the power of mystery that always comes with not knowing. And, especially since it landed as it did, the grounds were fertile for seasonal imaginings.

      As things now stand, your appearance from the sidelines with the well chosen words you have selected still leave the door open for you avowing the nature of the gift without admitting to any personal responsibility for its launching.

      Don’t do that. Allow me to continue thinking of you as the really good friend you are – and one I now may also assume to be one of those elusive baseball gods who played a hand in the recent nice evening in LA that the Astros enjoyed back on November 1, 2017.


      Merry Christmas, Tom Hunter!

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