While the northeast was blanketed by a fierce snow storm, the weather was plain ol’ crazy here in Georgia – 65 F in mid-December, so I was able to do my last minute holiday shopping (I suspect I’m getting the Wire’s full series box set… just a hunch). But if you were entombed in snow, I’ve put together a handy online guide for baseball related gifts for the fan in your family. And because I’m extra merry, I’ll throw in some special discount links from some of our vendor affiliates: you get a good gift, you get a good deal, and UmpBump makes a little money. Everybody wins.
The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2009
For the stat-head in all of us, this is not your daddy’s baseball almanac. Chock full of insightful articles from the likes of Rob Neyer, John Dewan, Richard Lederer and Tom Tango, as well as hundreds of pages of statistics, this is the book to get for some real inside baseball.
MLB Superstar for the Nintendo Wii
I don’t own a Wii, but I’ve played it, and I gotta admit it’s one of the most interesting video game experiences. Who would’ve thought that barely standing and moving your arms around and about, depending on what game your playing, can actually make you break a sweat. Naturally, baseball is a logical sport for a Wii video game and a great fit for the system. This game takes actual MLB players and likenesses and lets you play them in different mini games and puzzles. From the description: “Utilizing the Wii’s motion sensing capabilities and easy pick-up-and-play functionality, MLB Superstars puts a brand new spin on classic games with Baseball Pachinko, Baseball Bocci, and Baseball Golf.” Baseball golf? Go figure…
MLB Superstars – $19.99
2008 World Series DVD Set
I don’t know about you, but I might need to watch a couple of these DVDs to remember exactly what happened during this year’s Fall Classic. That nasty weather in Philly sure threw a wrench in things. If not, you can bet any proud Philly Fan wants to remind us all about the fact that they won it all in 2008, so this is the perfect gift (but really, what have they done lately?).
Or, try the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies: The Official World Series Film (2008) – $13.99.
A&E Store: Essential Games of Yankee Stadium
Save 33% off on the Essential Games of Yankees stadium six-DVD set, which includes 1976 ALCS game 5 against the Royals, 1977 World Series game 6 against the Dodgers, 1995 ALDS game 2 against the Mariners, 1996 World Series game 6 against the Braves, 2001 World Series game 4 against the Diamondbacks, and 2003 ALCS game 7 against the Red Sox. The set also includes a bunch of discs with extra bonus material.
(Link takes you to the A&E store)
Only hardcore Red Sox fans need apply. Get a box set with all 4 games of the 2007 Fall Classic, including the marathon game 3 (clocked at 4 hours and 19 minutes).
(Link takes you to the A&E store)
BaseballSavings.com: Holiday Gift Guide
Our friends over at baseballsavings.com have a slew of gift ideas, ranging from your typical fitted New Era caps, to baseballs in display cases, to baseball gear for the minor-leaguer in your family. Get gifts from under$25 to over $200.
MLB.com Shop: Free 2 to 3 day shipping
Can’t get any last minute than this. MLB.com’s shop is offering free 2 to 3 day shipping free for all qualified offers over $75. This deal is good until midnight tonight (12/21).