Father-to-be Dobbs reflects on holidays

Father-to-be Dobbs reflects on holiday season

This promises to be a different kind of holiday season for Seattle's Greg Dobbs, as he and his wife, Heidi, are expecting their first child on Jan. 13. Dobbs thinks that the blessed event could come sooner than later.

"It could come any day," Dobbs said from his Southern California home last week. "We're in a holding pattern."

Dobbs -- who hit .370 in 23 games and was the team's top pinch-hitter -- shared some of his most unforgettable holiday memories and his New Year's resolution with MLB.com.

MLB.com: What are your fondest childhood memories in regards to Christmas?

Greg Dobbs: When I was really small, I thought I heard Santa's reindeer on our roof at Christmas. I got all excited and went and told my brother. We sat and tried to listen for him. Then the next morning, all the gifts were there, a few of the cookies were missing and half the glass of milk was gone.

I remember we used to open our gifts and all of our friends would meet out in the street to compare. On the street I grew up on, we were lucky to have kids our age. We were lucky to share the event with them.

MLB.com: How do you spend the holidays most years?

Dobbs: Growing up, it was always my family: my mom, my dad and brother and I. Our extended family are all back east in Alabama, Florida and Missouri. They would call on Christmas Eve wishing us Merry Christmas. Now, with Heidi and her family, we go to my family's house on Christmas and spend Christmas Eve with her parents. That makes it fun, because we get to see both families.

MLB.com: What's the best Christmas present you've ever received?

Dobbs: I would say the coolest present I ever received came the year my dad went to Germany for a month for work. He went and bought an LGB train set that was made in Germany and brought it home. I didn't even want a train set, but the fact that he was miles away made it cool. To this day, it still runs.

MLB.com: Do you have a New Year's resolution?

Dobbs: My New Year's resolution for next year -- first and foremost -- would be to be there for my family, especially since we are having our first child. Being there for my wife is my top priority.

Everything gets so hectic during the season that I want to do everything that I can to make them feel like they're every bit as important as anything that's going on. So I would say family and staying healthy and having fun this year are my resolutions.

MLB.com: What would be the best present the Mariners could find under their Christmas tree?

Dobbs: I think the best Christmas present they could get now would be the one that's under the tree, but they can't open it until the end of the season. That would be us being in position to win the American League West.

Obviously, they couldn't open it now, so I guess it would be a gift for next Christmas. If we could win a pennant and make a run into the playoffs, that would be the best gift. That's what everyone wants and is working for. To have that end result come true would be great.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.