Merry Christmas Eve, New England! Hope that your travels aren’t too painful and the time with your family isn’t any worse. In the spirit of the holidays, we have a special treat . . .
We spent the last few weeks roaming around the city, asking some of Boston’s most notable sports personalities one simple question:
What did you ask for this Christmas?
Here are their answers (and please don’t take them seriously):
Tom Brady: “Just want my three kids to have the best Christmas of their lives. Love you, Josh, Aaron and Kenbrell!”
Danny Ainge: “How about some privacy? It’d be nice to go one week without seeing my name or my team involved in bogus trade rumors. Also, I wouldn’t mind finding a big guy and maybe one more first round pick. Anyone interested in a point guard?”
Koji Uehara: “ミニチュアポニー。ハローキティ乗馬ヘルメット.”
Rob Gronkowski: “Health and everything like that. You know, I just have so much to look forward to and want to be at my best. There’s New Year’s Eve. St. Patty’s Day. Cinco de Mayo just won’t be the same unless the SS Gronk is at full mast.”
Cam Neely: “A best supporting actor nod for Sea Bass.”
John Farrell: “Socks. Always socks. Black or white. Nothing flashy. Red? Cute pun, but no. Think practical.”
Rajon Rondo: “Santa isn’t real.”
Patrice Bergeron: “World peace.”
Brad Marchand: “Same as Patrice. Oh, and for the entire city of Vancouver to BITE MY ASS!" (Runs away with both middle fingers raised.)
Aaron Hernandez: “For the truth to come out. Also, to find a few people willing to lie about the truth.”
David Ortiz: “Papi don’t ask for much, man. Just want that extension, man. And another one. And another one. And how about a private toilet in the clubhouse? Ay dios mio, man. You know Papi drops bombs!"
Stevan Ridley: “You probably think I’m about to ask for stickum or something, but I could use an Xbox One.”
Bill Belichick: “Looks like Ridley really dropped the ball with that wish (grunt!). Err, uhh, I just want everyone to do their job. Want the team to compete. And wouldn’t mind this Bon Jovi pillowcase."
Ben Cherington: "Gee, I don’t know . . . maybe . . . A LITTLE CREDIT?!?! Theo wins a World Series and he’s saint. I still can’t get a free drink at Game On."
Kris Humphries: “Love is all I need. Is Khloe ready to start dating?”
Shawn Thornton: “Redemption . . . in the form of MORE local bank commercials!”
Jonny Gomes: “Well, I can think of three things I'd like. One would involve some ice cubes and a nine iron. Two would include a buffalo, live or stuffed, preferably stuffed for safety sake. And three, we bring back some of those ice cubes and switch it over to a pitching wedge.”
Jeff Green: "More games against Miami. Abolishment of the words 'inconsistent', 'overpaid' and 'where-the-hell-is-Jeff-Green-is-he-even-playing-tonight.' "
Jonathan Kraft: “Another fantasy title . . . duh!” (High fives guy next to him, misses terribly.)
Gregory Campbell: “Just one ounce of Jacoby Ellsbury’s toughness and half an ounce of his contract.”
Dustin Pedroia: “Santa can screw. I’ve got everything I need.”
Jordan Crawford: “Just gimme the ball.”
Dan Shaughnessy: “It’s not my job to care about Christmas.”
John Dennis: “I just want to be loved, Santa. And I want to love. I want to smile. I want to dance. I want to siiiiiiiiiing!”
John Henry: “For the newspaper industry to rediscover its previous dominance. And much success for the Globe’s new yacht delivery service.”
Matthew Mulligan: "A do over on my last name."
Michael Hoomanawanui: "I’ll switch with Matthew."
Kelly Olynyk: "Be cool if Mr. Stevens let’s us out a little early. Every second really increases our chances of survival.”
Jake Peavy: “Would love for Santa to turn my Duck Boat into a time machine so I can go back and not buy this frickin’ Duck Boat. Honestly, what was I thinking?”
Tommy Heinsohn: "A merry Christmas to all, and to all NBA refs, a slow painful death."
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