KANSAS CITY -- Royals right-hander Brad Keller fully admits it: He is a big Christmas guy.
“I love it,” Keller said by phone. “Definitely my favorite time of the year.”
Here are 10 questions for Keller about Christmas:
1. Have you had the joy of a "White Christmas" yet?
Keller: I have not. That’s the one thing that kind of stinks about living in Georgia. You just don’t get any white Christmases. I’m really hoping one day to experience that.
2. What was your favorite Christmas present of all time?
Keller: That’s easy. My brother and I had been asking our whole lives for a go-cart. Finally, when I was in fifth grade, my parents got us one. I mean, we drove that thing until the wheels fell off. We did donuts in the circle drive all day and all night. It was a blast.
3. What was the favorite Christmas present you gave anyone?
Keller: Me and my brother go in together on gifts usually. Last year we gave our parents an extended trip to the Virgin Islands. It was just a big ‘thank you’ for all they’ve done for us. My mom cried.
4. Which is greater: Thanksgiving or Christmas?
Keller: Oh, Christmas. Hands down. Not even close.
5. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?
Keller: Christmas Day. We’re kind of old school about that. It’s just tradition. On Christmas Eve, we have friends that have a little party. As a family, we go on a vacation right before Christmas and we get back on Christmas Eve. We go to the party and usually we don’t have all our gifts wrapped, so we’re up until about 2 or 3 a.m. wrapping presents.
6. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
Keller: Has to be Elf. But I would say Home Alone is right up there, too. I think it’s neck and neck. I love them both.
7. Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie?
Keller: [Laughs]. I just heard some people having that debate. That’s funny. I’ve actually never seen it all the way through. But since it takes place on Christmas Eve, I guess it’d have to be a Christmas movie.
8. Favorite Christmas song?
Keller: I’d have to say Dean Martin’s ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.
9. When did you find out Santa Claus wasn’t real?
Keller: [Laughs some more.] You know, I was never really told he wasn’t real. I think I just kind of figured it out. But I don’t think it was until middle school.
10. What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
Keller: My mom keeps asking me that. I like to read a lot, so I have a list of books I want. Maybe some clothes. There’s nothing I have to have. I just love this time of year.