Huston Street is hard at work. The Angels’ veteran relief pitcher is working out daily in his hometown of Austin, Texas, coming back from the knee surgery that ended his season in late July. He says he’s healthy and eager to get right back into the swing of things when Spring Training starts in February.
But right now, it’s December, better known in the Street household as the best month of the year. Street, his wife, Lacey, and their trio of boys — 6-year-old Ripken, 4-year-old Rider and 18-month-old Rafe — are fired up for Christmas and all the joy that comes with it.
Keeping alive a tradition that dates to the early days of MLB.com, Street recently spoke over the phone for a few minutes about how his winter has been going and to share some holiday memories.
MLB.com: How’s the winter been at Chez Street?
Street: It’s been relaxing. We went to the Trail of Lights, which is a big Austin event. My family’s one of the founding families, we helped bring it back to Austin after it was gone for two years. We hosted a Christmas party for some of my son’s friends and then walked the trail, which is a 1.2-mile Christmas light walk. We also mix charity with Christmas. We’re teaching the boys about what it means to give to the less privileged. So we had a First Tee (golf) event, too. There were about 500 people. We handed out awards to kids who have done well in the First Tee of Greater Austin and are on honor roll, and some kids got scholarships from First Tee. It was great. I like to have my kids understand what it means to give away toys, to help the less fortunate, and they need to see it to understand. And then today my wife and I went Christmas shopping. It’s the best. Christmastime to me has become so enjoyable as an adult.
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