Helping to continue a tradition that dates to the early days of MLB.com, Sabathia took a few minutes last week to chat about his offseason and to share some holiday memories.
MLB.com: What do you like about this time of year?
Sabathia: I was always a huge Christmas fan, growing up. I have a huge family back in California, and obviously I have a big immediate family now with the four kids. It's a lot of fun to be around and just a cheery time to be around everybody. Everybody is excited.
MLB.com: What have the last few weeks been like for you, just getting the house ready and shopping for gifts?
Sabathia: It's always a lot of fun. You've got to pick a day to get the house ready, we do shopping, we do the lights. Just being like a regular dad, that's always a lot of fun for me.
MLB.com: What kinds of traditions do you have in the Sabathia house?
Sabathia: We have a few. We do a taco night on Christmas Eve. We do an ugly sweater party that we've done now for the last five years. We do a onesie party, so we're pretty festive. We have family come from all over -- New Orleans, North Carolina, all over the place. We kind of converge in California. It's our one time of year that we all get to hang out and have a lot of fun. I really look forward to it.
MLB.com: Do you open gifts Christmas morning or Christmas Eve?
Sabathia: Christmas morning. Always.
MLB.com: You co-authored a book, 'CC Claus,' a few years ago. What was the inspiration behind that?
Sabathia: I just love Christmas and thought it would be a cool thing to do. [Co-author] Ray Negron came up with a cool story with the Yankees and The Boss. I was just excited to be part of it.
MLB.com: Do you have a most memorable Christmas?
Sabathia: They're all pretty special. I just love being around the kids and seeing how excited they get, and enjoying opening up their presents and enjoying the day. [As a kid], I remember one year I got Raiders tickets. That was pretty cool.
MLB.com: Favorite Christmas song?
Sabathia: I don't have a favorite song, but the soundtrack is the Jackson 5 Christmas album. It takes me back to when I was a kid, and we play it all the time here. It's great.
MLB.com: What's your Christmas wish for the year ahead?
Sabathia: That everyone else enjoys the holiday and for everybody to be safe.